Regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet’s teeth. We use modern and safe ultrasound to clean and polish each tooth thoroughly—above and below the gum line. We also provide advanced dental techniques on an individual basis.
Dental care is an often overlooked aspect of pet ownership. Proactive dental care and maintaining/restoring oral health will have a significant impact on your pet’s overall health, comfort and lifespan. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the age of three. It is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.
Common signs of oral disease include:
• Tartar buildup
• Red and swollen gums
• Bad breath
• Changes in eating or chewing habits
• Pawing at the face
• Generalized depression.
The American Animal Hospital Association recommends regular oral examinations and dental cleanings for all adult dogs and cats. A veterinarian should evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. Bacteria and food debris accumulate around a pet’s teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss.
Many health problems start in the mouth. Plaque, tartar, periodontal disease, and infected teeth serve as a source of inflammation and infection for the rest of the body. Bacteria in the mouth can enter the blood stream and may cause serious kidney infections, liver disease, lung disease, and heart valve disease. Oral disease can also indicate that another disease process is occurring elsewhere in a pet’s body. A thorough physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if this is the case.
There are many ways that dog and cat owners can help their veterinarian provide a healthy mouth for their pet. If your pet is three years or older, he/she likely has tartar and plaque build-up on the teeth and needs a dental cleaning.
Remember, oral health begins with an annual oral examination. The veterinarian will check your pet’s teeth and gums to keep you informed about changing or immediate dental needs. Regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet’s health at any age. Providence Animal Hospital is equipped to handle many dental procedures. Our dental services include teeth cleaning and polishing, tooth extractions and minor oral surgery. This includes a safe anesthetic protocol, removal of tartar from above and below the gum line, gentle probing of the teeth and gums and fluoride polishing. We use modern and safe ultrasonic equipment; each tooth is thoroughly cleaned above and below the gum line. Dental technicians polish the teeth to create a smooth, lustrous surface more resistant to plaque build-up. If needed, dental radiographs, periodontal procedures and oral surgery can be performed to relieve discomfort or treat infection. In addition, we can recommend and demonstrate preventative measures you can begin at home.
We recommend the use of OraVet, a sealant used on the enamel of the teeth at the time of the dental cleaning and a take home "touch-up" sealant used once weekly. This revolutionary product reduces painful tartar buildup and lengthens the time in between dental cleanings.