All pets are at risk for developing dental problems. As a matter of fact, the number one health problem diagnosed in 8 out of 10 cats and dogs over 4 years of age is periodontal disease.
And just as it's true for people, it's a fact that periodontal disease can cause serious health problems for your pet. At the very least, it causes bad breath, pain, and tooth loss. If allowed to continue and progress, it can lead to heart, liver and kidney diseases. Just like you, your pet needs regular home and professional dental care.
General Signs of Dental Problems:
- Bad breath
- Pawing at the mouth
- Problems eating, loss of appetite
- Red, swollen, bleeding gums
- Loose, broken, missing teeth
- Blood in saliva or nasal discharge
- Lesions in mouth
How Broad Ripple Animal Clinic Cleans Your Pet's Teeth:
1. General Anesthesia is necessary in all cases for us to do a thorough dental examination and professional cleaning. We use only the safest anesthesia protocols and human quality products.
2. Complete Dental Exam is performed before we begin any dental procedure. Dental radiograpphs are taken at this time. Dental radiology allows our Veterinarians to view the internal anatomy of the teeth including the roots and surrounding bone. A thorough dental chart is used to record the dental health of your pet, and any procedures done during the dental cleaning.
3. Ultrasonic and hand scaling removes plaque and tartar above and below the gum line. A thorough scaling below the gum line is critical to the success of any dental cleaning, as this is where illness-causing bacteria hide.
4. Polishing smooths the surface of the teeth after scaling, making them resistant to additional plaque formation.
5. Flushing removes dislodged tartar, plaque and bacteria from the mouth.
For the health of your pet, we recommend professional Dental Cleaning once yearly for most pets.
*If you have questions regarding your cat or dog's dental health, or would like more information about oral care, please contact our Dr. Heidi Rice at email@example.com