Clean teeth are much more than just a matter of cosmetic appearance. The build-up of tartar, subsequent gum disease, and finally tooth loss, affects not just your pet’s immediate dental hygiene, but also has a long-term impact on the health of their kidneys, heart, liver, nervous system and other major organ systems. Dental disease shortens your pet’s life!!!
Often overlooked as it relates to a pet’s comprehensive health status, animal dental care is needed to provide quality of life and optimal well-being. If left untreated, diseases of the mouth, gums or jaw are not only painful to your companion, but may also be contributing factors to more widespread systemic disease processes.
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Dental prophylaxis (prevention) is performed on an animal who, generally speaking, has a healthy oral cavity or only mild gingivitis (‘swollen gums’) in order to prevent more serious tissue damage or disease.
The beginning and severity of periodontal disease depends on age, breed, diet and at-home care, with younger, small-breed dogs typically presenting with infection earlier than large-breed dogs. Abnormal signs and symptoms of dental abnormalities include: pain, bad breath, excessive drooling, fractured or loose teeth, swelling or bleeding of the gums, tumors, sores or wounds.
The oral examination performed by our veterinarian(s) is the basis of the preliminary treatment plan for your pet. General anesthesia is necessary for pets undergoing dental treatment.
While it is understandable that pet owners may be concerned about bad breath and unsightly tartar accumulation, regular dental care is important because:
60% of disease occurs below the visible gum line. The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3.
Tartar and plaque, often invaded by bacteria, need to be removed to counteract subsequent infection, gingivitis or pyorrhea (infection of tissues surrounding the teeth).
With a focus on restorative dentistry, our veterinarian(s) are skilled, and PAH is well-equipped, to perform procedures such as:
- ultrasound descaling of calculus (tartar)
- deep-gum cleaning
- application of dental sealants to minimize staining and invasion of bacteria
- teeth polishing
- dental digital x-ray
After treatment, you and your veterinarian can discuss home dental care for your companion animal to maximize his or her comfort, disease-free oral cavity and quality of life.