Pet Dental Care
Your pet's dental health is extremely important! Veterinary dental care is about more than just preventing "doggy breath" because regular dental care can help prevent serious diseases and infections. Routine dental cleanings are a vital part of your pet's preventive health care plan.
Why Dental Care Is Important
It is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop tooth and gum disease by the age of three years. As plaque builds up on your pet's teeth, it hardens into tartar and damages the teeth and gums. This results in the disease known as gingivitis. Signs of gingivitis include bad breath and reddened gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can cause periodontal disease, which is a serious painful infection that can damage the teeth and gums and lead to health problems elsewhere in your pet's body. If your pet is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, he or she may have periodontal disease:
Discomfort while chewing
Pawing at the mouth
Inflamed or bleeding gums
Regular dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar and prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease.
What Happens During A Cleaning
Your pet's dental cleaning is far different than the same procedure you undergo at your dentist's office. Because anesthesia is required to keep your pet safe and still during the cleaning, we perform a thorough physical examination and blood tests to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for this procedure. These tests also help us develop an anesthetic protocol that is specific to your pet.
Once anesthesia is administered, the cleaning begins. We use modern and safe ultrasonic equipment to remove tartar and plaque, both above and below the gum line. Our specially trained dental technicians polish you pet's teeth, which creates a smooth, lustrous surface that is more resistant to plaque buildup.
Dental Care At Home
Prevention is the best protection from periodontal disease.
Preventing periodontal disease by keeping your pet's teeth and gums healthy isn't just a job for your veterinarian. It's your job, too. While nothing can take the place of regular visits to the veterinarian for checkups and cleaning, ongoing follow-up oral care at home is just as important in controlling plaque and tartar formation.
In order for any dental program to work properly, home care follow up is essential. The goal of dental home care is to remove plaque, before it mineralizes into calculus, a process that occurs within days of a teeth cleaning. Brushing your pet's teeth is the single most important procedure you can do to maintain good oral health. If performed regularly, brushing dramatically decreases the incidence of gingivitis and increases the interval between teeth cleaning appointments
Home care is best started at a young age, before the adult teeth erupt. The younger the animal is, the more likely he or she is to accept it. Regular brushing not only keeps your pet's teeth clean and healthy, it also enhances the bond between you and your pet. If you are unsure of how to brush your pet's teeth, you may want to ask a staff member at Randolph Animal Hospital for instructions. There is nothing better than a hands-on demonstration. You can also view a video created by C.E.T Home Dental Care on how to brush your pet's teeth. Remember, always use tooth paste for pets, not for people.
If brushing your pet's teeth is not possible, dental rise or giving prescription chew hides aids in reducing the accumulation of dental plaque.