Alex gives Ella a look around the cheeks and gums for signs of disease.
No one likes to go to the dentist, and it’s especially true about kids and pets. Fortunately, most parents can talk to their kids into flossing and brushing. Pets, on the other hand, need a little more supervision in the area of oral hygiene.
Dental disease, including periodontitis, gingivitis, enamel damage, and tooth decay, is by far the most common medical problem for pets. This is largely caused by the standard diet: foods rich in carbohydrates, usually offered as a dry kibble.
Pets with severe dental disease typically act normally, including eating and chewing. The first sign for owners is usually the smell, which results from inflamed gums and bacterial overgrowths in the mouth. Having bad teeth has significant consequences on the overall health of your pet.
We offer our clients options for taking care of their pets' teeth and gums. One solution to remove the dental tartar is ultrasonic scaling under general anesthesia. It is fast and effective, and the teeth are polished afterwards with a high-speed polisher to smooth out any abrasions to the enamel. The space under the gumline is explored to check for pockets or exposed roots. Anesthesia allows for detailed examination of the mouth, including checking for tonsillitis, mouth polyps and tumors, and any loose or decayed teeth that may need to be extracted. If extractions are needed, the roots are gently loosened up, and the sockets stitched up with absorbable suture.
Another solution is that our doctors also work with technicians trained in anesthesia-free procedures. The anesthesia-free procedures provide a safe, gentle, and affordable way to have your pet’s teeth cleaned. The procedure involves manual scaling of all exposed surfaces of the teeth and of the crevice between the tooth and the gum, as well as polishing of exposed enamel.
Our doctors will work with you to help you decide the approach that is right for you and your pet.