You are a responsible pet owner. You take good care of your pet. But do you always remember to take care of your pet’s teeth? Pets have dental diseases and problems just like you do. Many of these problems can be avoided by bringing your pet to University Animal Hospital for regular dental check-ups and dental cleanings.
Dental disease can be avoided
Does your pet have bad breath or reddened gums?
Severe Tartar Buildup with Advanced Gingivitis
If so, it 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 treated early, the gums and teeth can return to normal appearance and function. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to an infection called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a common ailment and can cause the loss of teeth.
You can prevent serious dental problems from happening by making sure your pet receives dental exams at the time of each vaccination and then annually. Since older pets are more prone to dental disease, they should be examined more frequently.
Your pet’s dental cleaning begins with a physical examination. This is important in order 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.
Teeth Cleaning at University Animal Hospital
The first part of dental cleaning requires the removal of tartar. This is done with a hand scaler.
Next, a periodontal probe checks for pockets under the gumline where periodontal disease and bad breath starts. An ultrasonic scaler is used to clean above the gumline while a curette cleans and smoothes the teeth under the gumline in the crevice.
Your 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 under the gumline and on the crown of the tooth.
Polishing of Teeth
Finally, the doctor also administers a fluoride treatment to strengthen your pet’s teeth, to desensitize exposed roots, and to decrease infection.
Dental care doesn’t end at our hospital. A home dental care regimen, including regular brushing, can help prevent plaque and tartar buildup and fight periodontal disease. The staff at University Animal Hospital can show you how to brush your pet’s teeth at home and recommend oral rinses, treats and other products that promote good dental health.
October is Pet Dental Health Month. Call University Animal Hospital and set up a dental exam for your pet.