DENTAL MONTH BLOG
Nearly all pets 3 years of age or older have some form of periodontal disease. Frequent cleanings for your pet can keep this disease to a minimum and allow for a happier healthier life! The first step is talking with your Veterinarian about your pet’s current situation. In most cases a complete oral health assessment and treatment will need to be done. In a typical case, the animal is anesthetized and the teeth and mouth in general are checked for any abnormalities like chips, discoloration, growths, etc. The teeth are then cleaned with an ultrasonic scaler to break up the plaque and calculus on the teeth and gums. This is then followed by any hand scaling if needed and brushing to smooth out any enamel defects. A smooth surface is imperative to slow down recurrent plaque build up! The mouth is then radiographed in most places, or at least the teeth are probed to assess changes we may not see under the gum line. After this procedure your pet will receive any final treatment including periodontal therapy, extractions, gingivectomy, etc. Your pet’s breath will be much better after this is completed. A continued focus on preventative care is important after this as well. Brushing with approved Veterinary toothpastes, use of dental treats and water additives can all help slow the process of dental disease.
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