Most people understand the importance of daily dental care for themselves but forget that it is also important for their pets. Plaque and tartar can build up on your pet’s teeth and gums causing bad breath, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and tooth decay. The teeth are close to the bloodstream which means that severe oral disease can worsen problems in other parts of the body like the heart, liver, and kidneys.
To help prevent these problems we offer many different products to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. Chews, dental diets, mouth rinses, and brushing teeth with toothpaste formulated specifically for pets can help remove bacteria off of the main surface of the tooth. However, professional dental cleanings are the only way to remove the bacteria that lies under the gums.
Signs that your pet may have dental problems include:
- Persistent halitosis (bad breath)
- Discolored teeth
- Swollen, receding, or bleeding gums
- Sensitivity of the mouth (pawing or rubbing at the mouth)
- Change in eating habits or loss of appetite
- Decrease in activity
Ultrasonic Scaling and Polishing
Our veterinarians and technicians use an ultrasonic scaler to remove the tartar from your pet’s teeth, just like at your own regular dental visits. This process even removes the tartar from under the gum line where the toothbrush can’t reach. We then follow up with a polishing that removes the small grooves in the teeth, making it harder for the tartar to grow. For more information on dental cleaning, go to oralatp.com.
The following procedures are available at our hospital:
- Digital Dental Radiography
- Dental Cleanings
- Root Canals
- Pulpotomies and other tooth saving procedures
- Counseling on home dental care