• Prophylaxis (thorough teeth cleaning,)
• Thorough teeth and gum examination,
• Subgingival curettage and root planing,
• Therapeutic periodontal treatments,
• Dental extractions,
• Dental x-ray which insures complete root removal with extractions
In years past, we did not fully appreciate the importance of dental care for our pets. We did not realize that the mouth can be the window to the entire body. Since our four-legged companions are usually not whiners or complainers, we often did not know if they were in pain caused by a problem in the mouth. All too often, we have said that our pet just had "DOG BREATH" without looking for a cause or underlying problem. Fortunately, times have changed and we now consider good dental care as important as any other vital system care.
Good dental care begins with a thorough exam of the mouth. Particular attention is paid to loose or missing teeth, bad breath, accumulation of plaque and bacteria on the tooth surface, inflamed, swollen or bleeding gums, and broken teeth. A thorough history includes questions about whether the pet's appetite has decreased or whether their chewing habits have changed recently. If we determine that your pet needs professional dental prophylaxis (ie. cleaning, polishing, and fluoride treatment ) , then we will obtain a blood sample to check vital organ functions such as kidney and liver function. Bacteria from the mouth can get into the bloodstream and affect the kidneys, liver, and heart, so it is vitally important that we clean the teeth and keep them clean to minimize risks to these organs.
After a dental prophy is performed on your pet, the most important aspect of ongoing preventive care begins. This involves brushing, special dental chews, and a variety of other methods of home care. Our highly trained and helpful staff can assist you in developing a program that works the best for your individual pet. Our goal is to help you help your beloved companion to have the healthiest mouth possible!