Pet Dental Care: It’s more than you think!
At Best Friends Animal Hospital, we recommend that owners bring in their pets at least once a year for dental work. Much like your own routine dental visits, a professional pet dental cleaning involves thorough scaling & close inspection of the teeth, gums, and mouth, and polishing of the teeth.
Does my pet really need a dental cleaning?
Yes, at least once a year. Dental health is just as important for dogs and cats as it is for people. Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and expensive oral surgery. Bacteria can also cause serious and potentially fatal infections in your pet’s kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart.
Signs of Oral Disease in Pets
Did you know that a recent study by the American Veterinary Dental Society found that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3? Some common signs of oral disease include:
- Bad breath
- Inflamed gums
- Abnormal drooling
- Yellow-brown crust on teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Change of chewing or eating habits
Oral disease starts with the buildup of bacteria. Once this bacteria combines with saliva and food, it can cause plaque formations that begin to accumulate on the teeth and eventually form tartar. Tartar is difficult to remove by hand and needs specialized dental scalers to get rid of.
- Bad breath is not normal and is a sign of serious oral infection
- Most animals have at least one painful tooth and no way to communicate
- Dental infections can affect the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys
- Dental disease is the most common problem of dogs and cats, yet is commonly overlooked
By cleaning your pet’s teeth yearly you are decreasing the risk of dental disease that can lead to infection in other parts of the body. Often times, chronic urinary tract infections, chronic skin infections, and constant gastrointestinal issues have all been linked to an infection in the mouth. By keeping the mouth clean and healthy, the entire body stays healthy.
So, to keep your pet smiling, schedule regular veterinary dental exams!
Before and after a pet dental cleaning at Best Friends Animal Hospital. Note the red swollen gums and buildup of tartar on the tooth before the cleaning. After, the gums are in much better condition and the teeth are much cleaner.
What is included in a Best Friends Oral ATP?
ATP stands for Assess, Treat, and Prevent. In our pet dental care treatments, we do just that. Your pet’s dental health is assessed by means of a digital dental x-ray and physical examination, treatment is in the form of cleaning, polishing, and extraction as needed, and prevention is handled through a fluoride treatment and regular dental exams.
An Oral ATP at Best Friends Animal Hospital includes:
- IV catheter and fluids
- Full mouth digital x-rays and wellness exam
- Teeth cleaning & polishing
- Fluoride treatment
For more information on pricing & other package options, contact us today!