The Dangers of Dental Disease
Dental disease in dogs and cats is more than an oral problem. While the disease contributes to gingivitis, tooth damage and loss, and periodontal disease, it can also lead to other serious systemic health problems. If left untreated, bacteria in the mouth can enter your pet's bloodstream and contribute to or worsen diseases affecting the heart, kidneys, and liver.
How We Prevent Dental Disease
At Providence Veterinary Hospital & Clinic, our veterinarians work proactively against dental disease to stop it before it starts. To do this, we promote the following:
Your pet’s dental health is in your hands as well as ours! With a daily dental care regime, you can help stave off dental disease and increase your pet’s time between professional cleanings. While we recommend brushing as the best way to reduce plaque and tartar build-up, we also know this can be a challenge with an uncooperative pet! Luckily, there are other options including dental care products like OraVet chews, dental toys, rinses, water additives, tartar-control diets, and more.
We perform a basic oral exam at every wellness visit to check for signs of disease like broken teeth, gum inflammation, oral tumors, and the build-up of plaque and tartar. With routine visits, we can keep a closer eye on your pet’s dental health and get them the treatment they need sooner rather than later.
If we see signs of dental disease during your pet’s routine exam, we’ll recommend professional teeth cleaning, during which we’re able to fully clean your pet’s teeth, perform a thorough assessment, take digital X-rays, and more.
Professional Cat & Dog Teeth Cleaning
Professional teeth cleaning for dogs and cats requires the use of general anesthesia for your pet’s safety and comfort. We use the same safety precautions for dental cleanings that we do for surgery.
During a dental cleaning, we’ll perform the following services:
- Digital X-rays to look for the presence of disease below the gum line
- Ultrasonic scaling of teeth both above and below the gum line
- Polishing of each tooth to remove scratches and rough spots, creating a smooth surface that reduces future plaque build-up
- Extractions of damaged teeth, if needed*
*We will ensure your pet has effective pain management both during and after the procedure