Periodontal disease affects approximately 85% of pets over the age of four. Dental disease is often a silent killer; many pet owners do not realize when their pets are suffering from it. Not only can dental disease cause tooth pain and tooth loss, but as it progresses, bacteria can also spread to the kidneys, liver and heart and cause severe organ damage and disease. These complications can even result in death.
It is important to start your pets on dental hygiene routines when your pets are still young. Routine dental cleanings at Animal Care Hospital should be done in conjunction with daily at-home care, like toothbrushing. Caring for your pet’s teeth improves your pet’s longevity and quality of life.
Animal Care Hospital offers a wide variety of pet dental services, including:
- Annual comprehensive oral health assessments and treatments (COHAT)
- Routine dental cleanings
- Subgingival curettage
- Fluoride treatments
- Exodontics (extractions)
- Periodontics (treatment of periodontal disease)
- Orthodontics (repairing bite abnormalities)
- Restorative dentistry, including reconstructive dentistry following trauma and fractured tooth repair
- Treatment of oral cancers, including fibrosarcomas, melanomas and squamous cell carcinomas
- Treatment of severe gingivitis, stomatitis and other inflammatory mouth disorders using a combination of medications, carbon dioxide lasers and cold laser therapy
- Treatment of feline stomatitis disorders caused by the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and the feline leukemia virus (FeLV)
- Digital dental x-rays, which allow us to see dental disease beneath the gumline
During your pets’ dental cleanings, we use state-of-the-art anesthesia and monitoring equipment. We also use warm air blankets to maintain your pets’ body temperature.
If needed, we can provide postoperative pain management. Your Animal Care Hospital veterinarian may recommend intraoral nerve blocks, narcotics or other medications depending on the amount of dental care your pet needed to be done. These may be needed if your pet had teeth extracted, for example.
At-Home Dental Care
Your Animal Care Hospital veterinarian can help you start at-home dental care routines for your pets. It’s best to start brushing your pets’ teeth daily when they are still young, as it is easier for them to get used to the process when they’re introduced to it early.
There are numerous types of pet food that encourage dental health as well. Ask your Animal Care Hospital vet for dietary recommendations based on all of your pets’ health needs.
For more information about your pets’ dental health, schedule an appointment at Animal Care Hospital online or call us at 480-887-4791.