Anesthetic dental cleanings include scaling and polishing, fluoride treatment, and extractions if needed (at additional cost).
Periodontal or gum disease is one of the most common pet health concerns today. Plaque and tartar build up on your pet's teeth, which allows bacteria to grow and infect the gum tissue and tooth roots. This infection results in disease and tooth loss. Not only can it be detrimental to your pet's oral health, but can cause bacteria to enter the blood stream affecting the body including vital organs. The most susceptible organs include the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and even the brain. Damage to these organs can shorten your pet's lives.
Regular brushing, veterinary check-ups, and routine dental cleanings are important to keep your pets healthy. Brushing your pet's teeth can help prevent dental disease by removing the plaque. Aim for brushing your pet's teeth once a day with a veterinary tooth paste (human toothpaste can be toxic if ingested). We will gladly demonstrate how to safely brush your pet's teeth. There are also other products to help remove plaque such as dental diets, chews, rinses, and other treats. Reminder- always consult your veterinarian before any brushing routine!
Here are the warning signs of dental disease:
-Bad breath- one of the first signs noticed
-Yellowish/brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
-Red and swollen gums
-Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
-Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
-Loose or missing teeth.
If you notice any of these signs, periodontal disease may be present. Lack of any signs does not ensure that your pet may not be suffering from periodontal disease.