Did you know 80% of dogs and 90% of cats over three years of age have some form of dental disease? This can be prevented with home oral care, such as brushing your pet’s teeth, giving dental treats or using dental rinse agents. There are, however, times when dental disease has passed the preventable stage and a dental prophylaxis (cleaning) is necessary. This allows prevention of any further dental disease from spreading to the rest of the body and tooth loss.
Our full dental prophylaxis includes; full mouth ultra-sonic scaling, sub gingival cleaning with curette, full mouth digital x-rays, full mouth dental probe exam, polishing and fluoride treatment. All patients admitted for a dental prophylaxis will have had pre-anesthic blood work, complete beforehand, an IV catheter placed with fluid therapy and vitals monitored throughout the procedure.
Dental x-rays allow us to see what is under the gum line and on visible exam we normally would not be able to see. The x-rays help us determine if a tooth is viable and the disease can be treated or if the tooth needs to be extracted. There is 42% of dental disease seen on an x-ray which would normally be missed. Without dental x-rays your pet would not be getting the proper care and there would be missed diagnosed dental disease.
We feel we offer the best dental care to your pet as possible, with up to date equipment and staff education. If there is a need and we feel there is a way to treat the dental disease, we will refer you to one of the local veterinary dental specialists for further treatment.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitant to contact the hospital and talk with our staff.