Dental Care 2014-07-08T16:29:41+00:00

 

Dental Care:

At Healing Care Animal Hospital we provide Complete Oral Health Assessment and Treatment. Our veterinarians have been trained to provide the best in veterinary dental care for your pets. We offer free initial oral and physical exam for your pet prior to professional dental cleaning.

Pets have dental diseases and problems just like we do. Diseases of the teeth and gums if  go unnoticed and can have serious health consequences. Many of these problems can be avoided by bringing your pet to us for regular veterinary dental check-ups and dental cleanings.

Annual veterinary dental care and home dental care will help keep your pet’s breath fresh and gums and teeth healthy. Your pet’s smile and healthier life will bring smile and comfort for you too.

You can prevent serious animal dental problems from occurring   by making sure your pet receives dental exams at the time of each puppy visit, again at six months of age, and then annually.

Signs of dental problems in your pet:

1. Persistent bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease

2. Tartar or plaque accumulation.

3. A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line.

4. Red and swollen gums.

5. Pain or bleeding when pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched

6. Pawing at the mouth

7. Decreased appetite or difficulty eating

8. Loose or missing teeth

Red, swollen gums could be from gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when soft plaque hardens into rough, irritating tartar. Tartar build-up on your pet’s teeth can cause damage to the teeth and gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to an infection called periodontal disease. This disease can cause the loss of teeth.

Pet Dental Cleanings

Veterinary dentistry is quite different from the equivalent process in people. For most of us, caring for our teeth and gums has been part of our daily routine for as long as we can remember. In contrast, veterinary dentistry is considerably more involved, time-consuming, and complex. It requires general anesthesia, the skills of several professionals, and consequently a day’s hospitalization.

Prior to dental cleaning involves laboratory and diagnostic tests to better evaluate a pet’s current health status prior to anesthesia. Current medical problems must be evaluated and any possible unknown problems must be identified prior to dentistry. This will ensure that anesthesia is as safe as possible for your pet.

We recommend a blood screen on the day of your dental visit or  a complete blood count (CBC) and blood chemistry profile is taken prior to the dentistry. A preoperative electrocardiogram (EKG) may be suggested in certain circumstances.

Your pet’s dental cleaning will begin with a physical examination. This is important to evaluate your pet’s general health. After the physical exam, your pet is given an anesthesia for a safe and painless sleep during the dental cleaning.

The first part of animal dental cleaning requires the removal of tartar. This is done by hand, using tartar forceps.

Next, an ultrasonic scalar is used above and below the gum line. Once the teeth have been thoroughly cleaned a periodontal probe is used to check for pockets below the gum line. Deep pockets mean periodontal disease and infection. If deep pockets are found they are cleaned by hand using a curette to remove plaque and tartar from the exposed root surfaces .Then, pet’s teeth are polished, creating a smooth surface. The gums are washed with an anti-bacterial solution to help delay tartar build-up both below the gum line and on the crown of the tooth.  Finally the doctor also administers a fluoride treatment to strengthen your pet’s teeth, desensitize exposed roots, and decrease infection. In severe cases like a fractured tooth if your pet needs  the tooth extraction our doctor will inform you about that prior to the procedure .Whether your pet is in need of a simple dental cleaning or has more serious oral problems ,we can provide custom dental care.

Home Care

Dental care does not end with a visit to your veterinarian. You need to continue your veterinarian’s good work at home. Brushing your pet’s teeth is an important part of home dental care. Brushing your pets teeth is the best way to maintain good oral health. If brushing is not possible, other products can be used effectively. The doctors at Healing Care Animal Hospital may also recommend various dental treats, chews, or rinses to keep the teeth clean and breathe fresh.