Dental Cleanings and Surgery
Did you know that a pet with a healthy mouth is much less likely to develop many diseases that can shorten his/her life? Pets with a healthy mouth also have a much better quality of life, as they are pain free. Most obviously; a dog/cat with a clean, healthy mouth is less prone to gum disease and tooth loss from bacterial infection. Animals with periodontal disease can get bacteria entering their bloodstream each time they eat and breathe. These animals are also more prone to many diseases including heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, and joint disease (arthritis).
Gum disease and loose teeth are painful; just ask anyone who has had either problem. Many of our clients comment that their pet is still eating despite having a mouth that is obviously painful. Our furry companions are still acting on instincts that have allowed them to survive for thousands of years before domestication. They must eat to survive- so eat they will. You cannot rely on your pet's motivation to eat to decide whether his/her mouth hurts.
IF IT WOULD HURT YOU, IT HURTS THEM.
Regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet's teeth and gums in tip-top shape. We use ultrasonic and hand-scaling instruments to clean each tooth thoroughly above and below the gum line. The teeth are then polished to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface resistant to plaque build-up. Questionable teeth or areas where teeth are missing teeth are radiographed and addressed as needed. Referral to a board certified Veterinary Dental Specialist is also available to provide advanced dental care; including root canals, caps and braces, if needed.