Dental cleaning/extractions are scheduled in the same way as our routine surgeries.
- Evaluating gum line and checking for loose teeth
- Ultrasonic scaling
- Fluoride treatment
- Professional Oravet applications along the gum line to protect against tartar buildup
Much of the procedure is the same as when we go to our family dentist, except our patients are fully anesthetized. Due to the amount of tartar removed from the oral cavity, we recommend a round of antibiotics be started five days prior to the dental appointment and continuing afterwards.
Caring for Your Pet’s Teeth and Gums
Dental disease is a common health problem in dogs and cats. It can lead to bad breath; swollen, bleeding gums, loose teeth, difficulty eating, and even more severe problems. But you can easily avoid these problems by regularly visiting your veterinarian for professional exams and cleanings and by caring for your pet’s teeth at home.
What causes dental disease?
A thin film of protein from saliva, food particles, and dead cells forms on your pet’s teeth and gums. If this layer is allowed to thickened, it becomes a perfect environment for bacteria to grow. Bacterial plaque buildup along the gum line can lead to gingivitis, or inflamed gums, and infection. Gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, an inflammation of the deeper tissues surrounding the teeth. In severe cases, periodontitis may be associated with the spread of infection to other parts of the body, including heart and kidneys.
What your veterinarian can do to prevent dental disease.
At your pet’s dental appointment, your veterinarian will first examine its mouth and teeth for problems such as plaque, calculus, or gingivitis, broken or missing teeth, discolored teeth, masses, or obvious periodontal disease. Then your veterinarian will anesthetize your pet to examine its mouth more thoroughly and to clean its teeth. The in-depth exam may reveal that your pet needs treatment such as tooth extraction or special therapy for advanced gum disease. After examining and cleaning your pet’s teeth, your veterinarian will polish them and apply fluoride.