Pets have dental problems just like we do! Many times, disease and infection of the teeth and gums go unnoticed in our furry friends, and this can lead to serious health consequences in vital organs like the heart, kidneys and liver. Thankfully, most dental problems can be avoided by performing regular veterinary dental check-ups and dental cleanings at Your Pet’s Wellness!
Signs of dental disease in your pet include:
- Bad breath
- Yellowish tartar and plaque buildup
- Red, swollen gums (gingivitis)
- Difficulty eating, decreased appetite, and pawing at the mouth
- Loose, broken, or missing teeth
Please fill out this form prior to your first appt. This will greatly expedite your visit and allow us to be better prepared to serve your needs. Also, if you have additional veterinary records such as vaccination history or laboratory results, please email or fax them to us before your visit.
Home Dental Care
Dental care does not end once your pet walks out our door! We recommend brushing your pet’s teeth daily and can help provide tips on how to accomplish this. We also offer many different oral health products, including several flavors of pet toothpaste, dental treats and chews, easy to use dental wipes, and other rinses.
Pet Dental Cleanings
If early or advanced dental disease has been noted by a Your Pet’s Wellness veterinarian, then a professional dental cleaning will be recommended. Dental cleanings involve full anesthesia, and we are proud to offer the very best anesthesia, pain control, and veterinary dental care technology. On the day of your pet’s dental cleaning, the doctor will perform a full physical exam to evaluate your pet’s general health. If not done beforehand, an on-site complete blood count (CBC) and a blood chemistry profile are also recommended tocheck vital organ function the day of the procedure. All pets receive advanced anesthetic monitoring by a dedicated technician whose only job is to watch and record your pet’s vital signs under anesthesia. A second technician will then begin the dental cleaning.
To begin, the technician will use an ultrasonic scaler to clean away tartar both above and below the gumline. Then, the teeth are polished to create a smooth surface. Next, the technician will use a periodontal probe to check for pockets along the gumline, enamel defects, furcation exposure, fractured/broken teeth, root exposure, loose/mobile teeth, and missing teeth. Another very important dental issue we check for, which affects over half of all cats above the age of 3, is tooth resorption. This is a painful process in which the body breaks down its own teeth and turns them into bone. If any dental abnormalities have been noted in your pet’s mouth, a digital dental x-ray will be taken. The doctor will then determine if any teeth need to be extracted. If so, a nerve block will be performed to prevent pain, and the doctor will perform any necessary oral surgery. Your pet will also receive a complimentary K-Laser therapy session to help heal extraction sites and be sent home with pain medication to avoid any discomfort in the days following the extractions.
Later that day, you will receive a discharge sheet detailing our post-anesthetic care instructions and before/after pictures of your pet’s beautiful pearly whites.