Pet Dental Health and Preventative Care
The majority (85%) of pets over the age of 3 suffer from some degree of dental disease and will greatly benefit from a dental cleaning to scale away unwanted plaque and tartar that causes gingivitis and periodontal disease (inflammation and infection of the gums). Ultrasonic dental scaling gets above and below the gum line where bacteria can hide.
Dental polishing not only polishes the tooth surface impeding the accumulation of new plaque but also reduces the staining evident on the tooth surface.
Fluoride treatments desensitize exposed dentin, strengthen tooth enamel, decrease the rate of plaque reattachment, and stimulate re-mineralization of the enamel; all important to good dental health. Most of our pets do not have access to fluorinated water and therefore benefit from fluoride treatments.
Dental radiographs (x-rays) are vital to good oral health. They allow the veterinarian to see what is below the gum line and evaluate the anatomy of the tooth, root, and surrounding bone. They allow the veterinarian to monitor periodontal disease. Radiographs can help locate retained or “missing” teeth that can cause issues down the road. And finally radiographs confirm that the tooth and root are completely removed when extracted.
Advanced dental surgical procedures available.