Your pet's mouth should be checked at least once a year for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet's mouth healthy. Common causes of pet dental problems can be broken teeth or roots; periodontal disease; infected teeth; tumors in the mouth; misalignment of the teeth, or fractured jaws. This evaluation process starts with an oral exam of your pet's mouth, and a radiograph may be required to evaluate the health of the jaw and tooth roots below the gum line. Because most dental disease occurs below the gum line, a thorough dental cleaning and evaluation are performed under anesthesia. Anesthesia makes it possible to perform the scaling (removal of dental plaque and tartar), polishing, and extractions, when necessary, with less stress and pain for your pet; it also allows for a better cleaning because your pet is not moving around and risking injury from the dental equipment.
We use the latest in veterinary dental equipment (ultrasonic scaler, polish brush) to help clean your pet's teeth. You will notice after a cleaning that your pet's teeth are whiter and that all visible plaque has been removed.
While cleaning your pet's teeth, we may need to extract teeth. We take care to only remove those teeth that need to be removed for the health of your pet.
- Oral tumors
At Home Care
We encourage our clients to regularly care for their pet's teeth between check-ups. If your pet receives a dental cleaning with us, you will go home with a home care kit with samples of a number of products that can be beneficial to your pet's oral health. If you have questions about what to do between cleanings, be sure to speak with our staff at your yearly wellness visit or when your pet comes in for their cleaning, and we will have a number of suggestions to try to meet your pet's needs.