Did you know? Your pet’s dental health plays a really important part to keeping them healthy!
Dental cleanings are necessary to prevent periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can shorten the life of your pet by infecting organs and the immune system. Let’s explore information on how pet teeth cleaning works, and the importance of a pet’s dental health below!
How Do Dental Cleanings Work for Your Pet?
First, let’s dive into a key component of pet dental health: routine teeth cleaning services at your vet!
At Hometown Veterinary Care, we perform dental cleanings throughout the year, almost daily. The cleaning process is very similar to a cleaning you would have at your own dentist. Our team uses a tool called an ultra-sonic scaler on your pet’s teeth. This removes tartar and calculus above and below the gum line. Severely diseased teeth may need to be removed. The remaining teeth are polished (just like ours) and a fluoride treatment is applied.
Good news: the entire teeth cleaning process takes only about 30 minutes.
What If My Pet Has Never Had Their Teeth Cleaned Before?
It’s never too late to ask the Hometown Vet team about your pet’s dental health! In some cases, depending on your pet’s past medical records and certain factors such as their age and overall health, we may require pre-anesthetic bloodwork to ensure that kidney and liver function are satisfactory for anesthesia. These are the organs that metabolize the anesthesia so we need to ensure they’re in great working condition. Your pet may need to be put under anesthesia if a more thorough teeth cleaning is required. It will mean less pain for your pet and less stress for your vet.
Also, some patients may require a course of antibiotics to be started several days prior to their dental cleaning. The need for pain management is assessed and addressed prior to, during and after each procedure on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in a dental cleaning for your pet or just have questions about pet dental health in general, please do not hesitate to contact the office. We are here to help!
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease occurs when plaque hardens and turns into tartar. It’s easy to see tartar above the gumline and it can generally be easily cleaned. Trouble begins when tartar gets below the gumline. This can set the stage for infection and damage to the jawbone and the connective tissues between teeth and jaw.
Periodontal disease is something we check your pet for every year at their annual examination at Hometown Vet. To do this, we examine your pet’s teeth and gums. If we spot any issues, we will be sure to alert you and come up with a plan of action for your pet.
Pet Dental Health Awareness - Learn the Facts!
- Among the most common health issues for dogs and cats is periodontal disease.
- At the three-year mark, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show some sign of periodontal disease.
- Prevention is the best medicine! Take a proactive role by purchasing a toothbrush for your four-legged friend and learn how to brush your pet’s teeth.
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