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Dentistry

Clean teeth and gums are essential to your pets health. Infections may go undetected by the owner for a long time.

Regular dental cleaning and exams and peridontal care is one of our services. Dental health is a vital part of your pet's health. Your pet's teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year.

Signs of dental problems include:

Bad breath

  • Yellowish brown curst on the teeth near the gum line
  • extra teeth or baby teeth
  • Red/swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or their gums are touched
  • Decreased eating or refusal to eat
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth

Dental problems if left untreated may lead to larger problems due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream. This can produce kidney damage, heart and liver problems. 

CAUSES OF PET DENTAL PROBLEMS:

Cavities in pets are less frequent than in peoplem, they can develope similar dental problems that we do.

  • Broken teeth
  • Peridontal disease
  • Abscesses or infected teeth
  • Cysts or tumors in the mouth
  • Fractured jaw

One of the most common problems in dogs and cats is peridontal disease.  This is a condition that your veterinarian should check yearly and give your pet a score.  The score is from normal (0) to severe (4). The disease begins with plaque that hardens to tartar. The tartar above the gum line can usually be seen and removed. However, the tartar below the gum line sets the stage for infection, damage to bone, and tissue.

The treatment of peridontal disease requires a thorough cleanig of all the teeth. Further tests may be needed, such as x-rays, to determine what stage the disease is in. And, to recommend a treatment plan with you.

What Happens during my pets dental procedure?

A professional dental cleaning can be performed here at Petworks Veterinary Hospital. Many pet parents have several questjions about dentistry and oral health in general. This is how it begins...

Your pet will have a pre-anesthetic exam to assess its current condition,check heart and respiration(i.e. organ function,determine if there are any underlying conditions such as anemia or clotting disorders). The patient is given a pre-medication which reduces the anxiety and pain. This calms the pet and enables the induction of the anesthesia to be easier and safer.An IV catherter is placed and an intravenous anesthesia is administered which will make the pet drowsy. Using this same catheter, intravenous fluids are administered throughout the procedure which keeps the pet well -hydrated and promotes a smooth recovery. This also gives us access to a vein in the event of an emergency developing. Next, an endotracheal tube is placed which allows the doctor and/or veterinary technician to control the amount of anesthetic gas and oxygen that is given to the patient during the dental cleaning. Once the pet is completely anesthetized, a thorough oral examination is performed to assess the condition of each tooth. Every tooth and every surface is then cleaned above and below the gum line. Further examination with a dental probe helps us determine the general health of the tooth and to ensure there are not gingival issues. If any problems are noted, we recommend dental radiographs be taken of any teeth that are in question. This diagnostic tool will help us determine whether extractions are warranted. Finally, the teeth are then polished and fluoride is applied.

The final piece of the puzzle is with the pet parents. Regular home dental care is just as important as yearly professional dental cleanings. Daily tooth brushing is the absolute best thing you can do to keep the teeth clean.

HOW CAN I HELP MY PET'S ORAL HEALTH?

Consistent dental assessments and cleaning are importan to prevent the most common dental diseases.. We have products to brush your pet's teeth at home.  We also have Oravet dental chews or Greenies for your pet to keep their teeth healthy between cleanings.