No one likes bad breath, but did you know that bad breath could be a sign of dental disease? Dental disease is present in 80% of dogs and cats over the age of 3! In fact, it is one of the most common health problems with our pets. Having preventive dentals done, before there is an issue, greatly reduces the time under anesthesia and is a significant cost saving. Preventive dentistry procedures are available to patients with both Grade 1 and dental Grade 2. Check out the chart below and see what grade your pets are. The top row is before pictures and the bottom row is after a dental cleaning. You can see in the last photo the pet had many teeth removed.
American Animal Hospital offers the following dental services:
- Complete dental and mouth examination
- Digital dental radiographs (Mandatory for Grade 3 & 4)
- Ultrasonic scaling to clean and remove tartar and plaque not only above but also below the gum line
- Evaluation and charting of every tooth looking for any fractures, missing, mobile, or periodontal disease
- Fluoride treatment
- Oral Surgery if needed (tooth removal)
- Pain medication before anesthesia and medication to go home
At American Animal Hospital, we follow the guidelines of the American Veterinary Medication Association, which requires patients to be under general anesthesia for their procedure. Non-anesthetic dentistry can only address what they can see and not below the gum line where the majority of disease would reside. Before anesthesia, we perform a thorough physical exam and pull blood work to ensure that your pet is a good candidate for anesthesia. We tailor your pet’s anesthesia plan to them by taking into account their age, breed, condition, and prior medical history. All patients when under anesthesia have a dedicated technician to monitor them. Along with being right by your pet’s side the entire time, your pet will also be monitored by state of the art monitoring machines that record the heart rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, EKG, and ETCO2. Dental procedures are typically outpatient procedures so you’ll be picking them up later in the afternoon/early evening.
At Home Dental Care
Now that your pet’s teeth are pearly white, it’s up to you to try and keep them that way. It is important to brush not only your dog’s teeth but also your cats as well. Plaque that forms is merely an accumulation of bacteria. Left untreated, this will likely decay the tooth, which will result in bone loss, infection, and eventually tooth loss as well. Never use human toothpaste on your pet! We carry some yummy pet toothpaste that is designed specifically for animals. Call us today if you’d like to come in for a complimentary demonstration!
Possible Signs that Your Pet may have Dental Disease:
- Bad breath
- Stained yellow or brown teeth
- Loose teeth
- Red, swollen, or inflamed gums
- Swollen mouth or gums
- Suddenly stopped chewing on toys/bones
- Reduced appetite
- Weight loss
If your pet has any of the above symptoms, we recommend that you call us today to schedule and check up.