Veterinary dentistry can help keep your pet’s teeth clean and prevent serious dental infections, gingivitis and periodontal disease, which is why we recommend scheduling a yearly dental check-up for your pet.
Dental Treatment for Pets
Many pet owners fail to realize the importance of keeping their pet’s teeth clean and scheduling regular dental treatment examinations. Because of this, most pets have gingivitis and periodontal disease as well as loose teeth by the time they are three years old.
Pet dentistry can help keep your pet’s teeth and gums clean and healthy and prevent loose teeth and infections, which can cause serious illnesses if left untreated. Dental infections can travel from the mouth into the bloodstream, causing potentially life-threatening situation.
During your pet’s visit, our veterinarians will examine your pet’s the mouth, teeth, head and neck for swelling, redness, bleeding, infections and abnormalities. The inside of the mouth will be checked for plaque, tartar, infections and loose teeth. Then, our dentist will perform a thorough cleaning of your pet’s teeth and gums, scraping all of the buildup from the teeth and below the gum line. This can be done with or without anesthesia. X-rays will be taken to look for problems with the teeth and bones of the jaw and face. If any dental problems are found, our pet dentist will recommend a course of treatment to clear any infections and treat gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Between visits, you should clean your pet’s teeth at least once a week and provide dental chew toys and biscuits to remove tartar and plaque. Our dentist can recommend pet toothbrushes and toothpaste as well as the best dental treats.
Digital Dental X-Rays
Digital dental x-rays for pets are very similar to the ones performed in a human dentist’s office. They aide is the diagnosis of diseases and problems with the teeth, jaw and bones in the face. Digital dental radiography images are filtered through a computer, which produces high-resolution images that clearly show the bones of the face, teeth, gums and jaw. They are similar to traditional dental x-rays, except the images are processed through a computer for enhancement. The images can be taken externally or internally.
External x-rays are taken outside the mouth and help diagnose problems with the jaw and to locate any issues between the teeth. Internal x-rays are used to find problems with the teeth and gums. They offer more detail than external x-rays and can be used to identify specific issues with the teeth and gums.
Digital dental radiography combined with regular teeth cleanings and frequent at-home pet oral hygiene can help keep your pet’s teeth clean and prevent gingivitis, periodontal disease, infections and tooth loss. Dental appointments can be carried out with your pet awake or under anesthesia, and we have the capacity to perform complicated dental surgeries. To schedule a dental appointment for your dog or cat, call our veterinary hospital at 909-984-2211.