Dental Care

Did you know that Periodontal Disease is the most common infection in dogs and cats, affecting 85% of them by the age of three. If left untreated, this disease can lead to severe pain, bad breath and teeth loss. Chronic infections can even spread through the bloodstream to the heart, lungs and other major organs.

When a gum infection is evident, our doctors will recommend a Dental Prophylaxis procedure, which uses high-sonic scaling to remove the tarter and begin the healing process. The cleaning not only includes what you can see, but also the area under the gum line, which is the most important part. Before the cleaning begins, the patient is placed under general anesthesia. This increases the patient’s comfort level, and the overall effectiveness of the procedure. An endotracheal tube is placed to protect the lungs from the bacteria that are being removed from the teeth during the deep cleaning. Here’s what we do during this procedure:

  • The first step is a Physical Exam, which allows the doctor to evaluate the patient prior to anesthesia.
  • This is followed by a Blood Screen to ensure internal organs are functioning properly and to possibly uncover hidden risks associated with anesthesia and surgery.
  • The next step is to clean the teeth of hard tartar with Ultrasonic Scaling. Ultrasonic scaling is the use of a special dental probe that oscillates at a high frequency thereby dislodging calculus and plaque from the tooth surface, and under the gum line.
  • After the scaling, we Polish teeth to smooth any scratches or etchings in the enamel surface and reduce future accumulation of plaque.
  • Fluoride Treatment is the final step, which helps to strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.