Dental disease, in pets, is often overlooked since the signs can be difficult to recognize and because our pets instinctively avoid showing us that they hurt.  One way to identify disease, is to smell the infection on their breath or look at the condition of their teeth and gums to understand how painful your mouth would be if it looked that way.  With a good dental exam and good care we can prevent many painful issues and with our digital dental x ray we can identify and address painful and infectious issues below the gum line.  Often, these issues are extremely treatable and others are preventable with early detection.  It is hard to believe that our 4 legged friends can begin to feel the effects of aging, with chronic infections, when they seem to be so full of life. Imagine what it would be like to have a chronic cold that you couldn’t get rid of, this is what low level dental infections might be like.  Fortunately, helping them to feel their best is possible.

Regular professional dental cleaning is an important part of maintaining your pet’s health. We use modern and safe ultrasonic scaling equipment to clean each tooth thoroughly – above and below the gum line.  Now with digital dental x ray we can see what is going on below the gum line too, so we can see many painful conditions that are hidden from the naked eye.  Our veterinary technicians polish the teeth to create a smooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup. Fluoride treatments help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.  Finally, we can provide education and samples of dental products to help keep your pet’s teeth healthy in the future.

A typical dental prophylaxis can easily take 40- 60 minutes.  While the dental procedure is being performed there is always a second technician monitoring the anesthesia for the entire procedure.   The anesthetic protocol is individually tailored for your pet’s needs based on age and other pertinent health issues.  Prior to any procedure requiring anesthesia we always recommend simple blood work to evaluate your pet’s health status.  Even with an otherwise healthy pet, blood work is essential because of unknown health issues that are a possibility.  Just as your doctor does routine blood testing to determine any underlying health issues which you might be unaware of,  we recommend simple blood tests to ensure your pet’s safety before undergoing anesthesia.