Pets have dental diseases and problems just like we do. Too often, diseases of the teeth and gums go unnoticed and can have serious health consequences. Many of these problems can be avoided by bringing your pet to us for regular veterinary dental check-ups and dental cleanings.
Annual veterinary dental care and home dental care will help keep your pet's breath fresh and gums and teeth healthy.
You can prevent serious animal dental problems from occuring by making sure your pet receives dental exams at the time of each puppy visit, again at six months of age, and then annually.
Signs of dental problems in your pet:
Pet Dental Cleanings
Veterinary dentistry is quite different from the equivalent process in people. For most of us, caring for our teeth and gums has been part of our daily routine for as long as we can remember. In contrast, veterinary dentistry is considerably more involved, time-consuming, and complex. It requires general anesthesia, the skills of several professionals, and consequently a day's hospitalization.
A predental workup involves laboratory and diagnostic tests to better evaluate a pet's current health status prior to anesthesia. Current medical problems must be evaluated and any possible unknown problems must be identified prior to dentistry. This will ensure that anesthesia is as safe as possible for your pet.
Your pet's dental cleaning will begin with a physical examination. This is important 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.
The first part of animal dental cleaning requires the removal of tartar. An ultrasonic scaler is used above and below the gumline. Once the teeth have been thoroughly cleaned a periodontal probe is used to check for pockets below the gumline. Deep pockets mean periodontal disease and infection. If deep pockets are found they are cleaned by hand using a curette to remove plaque and tartar from the exposed root surfaces. Digital dental xrays will be taken to help guide further treatment of any disease found. Then, 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 below the gumline and on the crown of the tooth.
Finally, the doctor also administers a fluoride treatment to strengthen your pet's teeth, desensitize exposed roots, and decrease infection.
Dental services we provide at SVH include:
Dental care does not end with a visit to your veterinarian. You need to continue your veterinarian's good work at home. Brushing your pet's teeth is an important part of home dental care. Brushing your pets teeth is the best way to maintain good oral health. If brushing is not possible, other products can be used effectively. The doctors at Silverado Veterinary Hospital can also recommend various dental treats, chews, or rinses to keep the teeth clean and breath fresh