Calera Animal Hospital
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Dental Services

Dental Care

A dental exam is done during the physical exam.  Many people do not realize how important your pets teeth are. I would venture to say your pets teeth are more important than your own teeth.   When your pet's teeth aren't clean, bad breath is not the only problem because there are medical conditions associated with this bad breath.   Halatosis is the word used to describe bad breath.  Periodontal disease, caused by a build-up of bacteria and plaque on your pet's teeth and gums causes bleeding and severe inflammation of the gums, gum recession, alveolar bone loss (the bone that supports the tooth is "eaten away") and tooth mobility. As periodontal disease progresses, the bacteria can spread from the mouth, travel through the blood and cause damage to the heart, liver and kidneys. Periodontal disease is not only serious, it is also more common than most pet owners realize. In fact, more than 80 percent of dogs and cats have this problem by the time they're four years old. So, it's easy to understand why periodontal disease is one of the most frequently diagnosed health problems in pets today. To help prevent periodontal disease in your pet, it's recommended to have your pets' teeth examined every 6 to 12 months.

What Signs Am I Likely to See?

There are a number of signs that should alert you to dental disease or other mouth related problems. The biggest tip off that you pet is beginning to show a problem is that when your pet comes to kiss you their breath smells bad. Your pet may show a decreased interest in food or approach the food bowl and then show a reluctance to eat. He or she may chew with obvious discomfort, drop food, or swallow with difficulty. This reluctance to eat can also result in weight loss. You may notice drooling and a noticeably unpleasant odor to your pets' breath. Some pets have significant disease, yet have little to no signs until they need multiple tooth extractions. Having your pet's teeth examined on a regular basis is very important for early diagnosis and care.

What's Involved with Teeth Cleaning?

To start, recommendations are given from Calera Animal Hospital to do pre anesthetic bloodwork prior to Sedation.   This pre anesthetic bloodwork will determine whether or not your pet is capable of undergoing the anesthesia.  The bloodwork involves a complete bloodwork count and bloodchemistries on many organs that secret the anesthesia products.  This bloodwork is highly recommended but not mandatory but a dental procedure always involves sedation. 
A tracheal tube is placed into the trachea after an injection and then maintained under isoflurane to maintain a level of sedation during the cleaning.  An ultrasonic machine  and hand scaler are  used to scale off the extra tarter.  Each tooth is polished with a brush and hand motions.  The gums are examined and rinsed with anti-bacterial mouth wash.  This procedure is basically done the same at each veterinarian hospital, its just stated differently to preserve the internet copywrite act


Home Prevention

Prevention is the key after a dental cleaning.  You can brush your pets teeth daily after a cleaning.  It is difficult to remove tarter with a tooth brush prior to a cleaning, but maintaing the clean teeth by daily brushing is  very vital.  If brushing is too difficult there are products available that can be used from rinsing daily.  Also, there are dental treats available.  These treats are specific for maintaing the clean teeth.  The staff at Calera Animal Hospital can show you the proper method of brushing your pet's teeth

Give your Pet Complete Dental Care

Annual veterinary dental care and home dental care will help keep your pet's breath fresh and gums and teeth healthy. Your pet's smile and healthier life will be equaled by your smile and pride in a job well done.

 
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