Just like humans, pets need dental care too. Most dental diseases begin when bacteria in the mouth form a substance called plaque that sticks to the surface of the teeth. Minerals in the saliva harden the plaque into tarter. Once bacteria sticks under the gum line, damage to the tissues around the tooth will eventually lead to tooth decay and loss. The benefits of routine dental hygiene include reduced bad breath, better overall health, decreased pain, increased longevity, and reduced pet health care bills down the road.
Sedatives, tranquilizers, anesthetics, or analgesics are commonly used during veterinary dental procedures to provide restraint and reduce pain. An endotracheal tube is to be placed to protect the lungs from the water droplets generated during ultrasonic dental scaling. Our veterinarians are then able to thoroughly identify any dental diseases and oral conditions by physical examination and use of diagnostics. Our ultrasonic cleaning will gently remove tarter and debris from the teeth.
Having these routine dental cleanings may also uncover hidden conditions; such as a development of a hole (‘fistula’) from the oral cavity into the nasal passages (which can cause nasal discharge) and stomatitis, a painful condition primarily seen in cats where ulcers develop in the mouth. Bacteria from dental disease can also enter the bloodstream and can be carried around the body. Studies have shown that periodontal disease is associated with changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys.
If you have concerns about your pet’s dental hygiene, please schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians for an exam.