is estimated that 80% of pets exhibit the beginning stages of periodontal disease by age 3, which is why dental exams
and teeth cleanings are essential. Also, studies indicate that pets with good oral hygiene tend to live 2 to 4 years
longer than pets who neglect dental care. While periodontal disease is entirely preventable, when left untreated it
can lead to cardiac disease, kidney infection, liver infection, or stroke.
Reasons for regular dental check-ups:
- Avoid tooth loss due to periodontal disease
- Help your pet avert unnecessary pain
- Help your pet maintain healthy and functional teeth
- Improve foul breath
- Prevent potential damage to the brain, heart, liver, lungs, and kidneys
What does a pet dental exam involve?
Pets can experience many of the same dental issues that humans do, including gingivitis, periodontal disease,
necessary tooth extraction, and deep scaling. Regular dental exams and cleanings can help you avoid the costliness of
involved dental procedures and can help prevent your pet from unnecessary suffering.
Pet dental exams are similar to human dental exams and involve teeth cleaning and buffing. Additional services
offered include sedation dentistry and dental X-rays. If more serious conditions are discovered, root canals, tooth
extraction, etc. might be required.
During your pet’s teeth cleaning, a dental technician will gently clean the surface of the teeth with an ultrasonic
scaler that cleans using the vibration of sound waves and water. The waves push the water creating tiny scrubbing
bubbles that implode on tooth surfaces and kill microbes as they separate plaque from the tooth structure. After
scaling the teeth, the technician lightly buffs and polishes your pet’s teeth to complete their dental cleaning.
After the cleaning, your veterinarian will provide you with a comprehensive analysis of your pet’s oral health. You will receive
at-home oral hygiene tips specific to your pet, and if any serious dental conditions exist, you will be notified prior
to any treatment planning. Please contact your regular veterinarian regarding any dental health concerns. If we identify any dental issues during your pet's visit with us, we can communicate any concerns so that they can address any issues promptly.