Ensuring your pet’s dental health is essential to ensure their overall health and longevity. Good dental hygiene practices increase your pet’s vitality and can add additional years to his or her life.
Why Is Taking Care of My Pet’s Teeth Important?
If left untreated, dental disease can not only be painful, it can prevent your pet from eating enough to meet their energy needs. Dental and gingival infection can also lead to serious systemic problems – such as heart disease and kidney disease – both of which can threaten your pet’s health. Dental disease in pets is widespread – more than seventy percent of dogs and cats already have tooth and gum disease by three years of age.
Doesn’t Chewing Keep My Pet’s Teeth Clean?
Chewing does play a role in breaking down the bulky tartar on the surface of your pet’s teeth. The area where tartar and bacteria cause the most problem, however, is just under the gum line. Regular (daily) brushing, similar to the hygiene we practice with our own teeth, is the only way to prevent tartar from forming and gingival infection from developing. In addition to brushing, feeding your pet a dry food with a larger kibble can slow the progression of dental disease.
Our Dental Services
Dental care for your pet begins with a complete exam of your pet’s mouth, followed by a thorough cleaning of their teeth. We are equipped with a state-of-the-art dental suite and anesthetic monitoring equipment and our experienced veterinary technicians ensure that your pet has a safe anesthesia experience during their dental procedure.
Dental cleanings performed at Confederate Woods Veterinary Hospital include:
- A complete oral exam under anesthesia
- Tartar removal, involving hand scaling and ultrasonic scaling above and below your pet’s gum line
- A thorough polishing of all the surfaces of your pet’s teeth
- An antibacterial rinse to minimize bacteria in your pet’s mouth
- Application of OraVet Sealant to help prevent bacteria from attaching to your pet’s teeth
- Extractions of the teeth if necessary
- X-rays of the teeth if any problems are detected
Digital Dental Radiography
To assist in our diagnosis of disease in your pet’s mouth, we have a digital dental x-ray, which produces high-definition images of your pet’s teeth. More accurate than traditional radiology, digital dental radiology produces clear images of the area below your pet’s gum line. This allows our doctors to diagnose dental diseases that cannot be seen by visual examination alone, and provide treatment before the tooth causes pain. The dental x-ray also allows our doctors to visualize the area of an extracted tooth to ensure the root is completely removed.
How Can I Care for My Pet's Teeth?
Regular (daily) brushing, similar to the hygiene we practice with our own teeth, is the only way to prevent tartar from forming and gingival infection from developing.
In addition to brushing, there are several other techniques that can slow the build-up of tartar on your pet’s teeth, including:
- Feeding your pet a dry food with a larger kibble, such as Science Diet
- Healthy Advantage or Hills t/d (dental) diet
- Applying an oral antibacterial rinse to the gum line daily
- Applying a sealant called OraVet to your pet’s gum line weekly
- Chewing on a special dental chew or stick that has antibacterial properties, such as CET Chews