At All Creatures Hospital, we emphasize routine dental check-ups and teeth cleaning. According to the research we have reviewed, about 80% of cats and dogs that are three years of age or older have some form of gum disease. Gum disease can cause other health issues, such as infections and even cardiovascular abnormalities. Therefore, making sure that a pet’s dental care is maintained is important to the animal’s overall well-being.
We Go the Whole Nine Yards
Periodontal disease is an insidious infection and can creep up without warning. That is why we, at All Creatures Hospital, perform routine dental exams and immediately address any dental issues that need treatment or therapy. If a pet needs to have a dental procedure performed, we first take an oral evaluation while a pet is still awake and follow it with another oral exam while the dog or cat is under general aesthesia. We go the whole nine yards, so to speak, as our pre-surgical evaluations that are provided as a part of our pet dental care service include bloodwork, chest x-rays, and ECG.
The bloodwork we take here at All Creatures Hospital is done to evaluate an animal’s blood cell count and review his kidney and liver functioning. Chest x-rays enable us to examine the heart and lung function, and an ECG is taken in order to review the pace or rhythm of the heart.
Teeth Scaling and Polishing
The general anesthesia that we administer ensures that a dog or cat will undergo a comfortable and painless process. A thorough scaling of the teeth above and below the gum line will ensure that all the tartar and plaque are removed so that your pet has a cleaner mouth and fresher breath. A tooth polishing is part of the scaling and cleaning process that is one of our pet dental care service procedures.
If we do diagnose periodontal disease, we follow up with a root planning or deep cleaning of the teeth and gums. Extraction of any diseased teeth is also done in some instances. Dogs and cats are given a fluoride treatment during the appointment.
We educate our clients about how to care for their dog’s teeth at home in order get rid of the plaque that can mineralize into a substance known as calculus. The formation of calculus begins soon after a teeth cleaning. The level of success is dependent on the temperament of the animal and the owner’s consistency. However, if a dog or cat owner regularly cleans or brushes his pet’s teeth, the interval between teeth cleanings is significantly increased.
We can recommend the proper toothbrush to use for a pet. Brushes are designed to fit in different sized mouths, including the mouths of long-muzzled canines. Each brush should be used for one specific pet. Sharing brushes is always ill-advised as it can result in cross-contamination.