Dentistry
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services-dentistry    services-dentistry
Dental care can help prevent oral disease in our pets.
Regular dental checkups are essential in helping us monitor your pet’s dental health. Routine dental cleanings are highly recommended to keep your pet healthy. Our dental services include teeth cleaning with an ultrasonic scaler, polishing, gingival exams, fluoride, and tooth extractions. In addition, we perform routine teeth trimming for exotic species including rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and other rodents. Dental procedures usually require general anesthesia. Your pet is monitored closely while under anesthesia by our veterinarians and specially trained veterinary technicians.

Our current recommended course of action may include daily brushing at home, dental diets, dental cleanings, and treatments by our veterinarians when indicated. When a pet's mouth hurts, its quality of life may suffer. Investing in your pet's continued dental health is critical to keeping your pet a happy, healthy member of the family.
Why is dental care necessary?
Accumulation of plaque and subsequent “bad breath” is just the start of what can happen in your pet’s mouth. Bacteria and mineral deposits accumulate, setting the stage for infection. The absorption of bacteria by the inflamed gum tissue allows it to be distributed throughout the body. Bacteria can be filtered out of the bloodstream by the heart valves or kidneys, causing infection there. In addition, inflamed gums and diseased teeth cause your pet pain and discomfort. Brushing should start early in a pet’s life and can delay the need for dental cleaning. However, just as with people, a thorough dental cleaning will be needed eventually.
What is involved in the cleaning precedure at the veterinary clinic?
Your pet will require general anesthetic in order to thoroughly examine and clean the 42 adult teeth of dogs and 30 adult teeth of cats. Therefore, prior to administration of the anesthetic, proper screening is recommended to determine if there are any underlying health problems. This may include blood work, ECG, and sometimes radiographs. Your pet will stay in the clinic the day of the cleaning and should be able to go home the same day.

During a professional cleaning, the mouth is examined and tartar is removed. Sub-gingival (below the gum line) cleaning is performed with an ultrasonic scaler. The teeth are then polished and fluoride is applied. Each tooth is examined to identify any problems, such as instability of the tooth or enamel defects. It is at this time that the doctor can determine if any tooth extractions are necessary.
What can I do at home to help keep my pets teeth clean?
Following this thorough cleaning, your pet depends on you, the owner, to follow-up with home dental care. We would be glad to help you choose products and explain techniques. Regular dental care can lengthen the time between professional cleanings, reduce the chance of tooth loss and improve your pet’s overall health.