February concludes Pet Dental Health Month, but dental care should not stop there.
Dental health is connected to more than just your pet's teeth. Check your pet's teeth regularly for concerning symptoms and have your veterinarian check your pet's teeth and gums at least once a year. We are happy to examine your pet at any time, as well as provide home care recommendations that will best suit your fur-family.
Veterinary dentistry includes all aspects of oral health care including the cleaning, filing, extraction, or repair of your pets' teeth. These procedures should be performed with your pet under anesthesia by a veterinarian or a board-certified veterinary dentist.
If your pet is having dental issues the first step is to begin with an oral exam of your pet’s mouth by a veterinarian. If a dental is required your pet will need to spend a day at the hospital. A thorough dental cleaning and evaluation are performed under anesthesia for your pet's safety. During the procedure radiographs (x-rays) may be needed to evaluate the health of the jaw and the tooth roots below the gumline. Most dental disease occurs below the gumline, where you can’t see it. Dental cleaning includes scaling (to remove dental plaque and tartar) and polishing with optional sealant. After your pet fully wakes up from their procedure you can pick them up the same day. The process is similar to the process used on your own teeth during your regular dental cleanings. We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have.
Author: Meghan Lauro