Pet Dental Care is Key to Better Health
Does your pet have bad breath? Unfortunately, ‘dog breath’ isn’t normal; it could be an early sign of dental disease. Dental disease affects more than two-thirds of cats and dogs by the time they are 3 years old, yet the disease is entirely preventable. At Saratoga Veterinary Hospital, we emphasize the importance of proactive pet dental care to keep your pet from ever developing dental health problems.
Our Dental Care Procedures
Routine professional dental cleaning is essential for staving off periodontal disease. We use an ultrasonic scaler to clear plaque from each tooth both above and below the gum line. Due to the intensity of this procedure, general anesthesia is required for the safety and comfort of your pet. Rest assured that as an AAHA-accredited animal hospital, we take extensive measures to minimize risk including close monitoring, an IV catheter, and pain medication as needed.
A complete dental cleaning procedure includes:
- Digital dental X-rays to evaluate the health of teeth below the gum line
- Thorough dental evaluation checking for periodontal pockets and other signs of disease
- Ultrasonic scaling of each tooth to remove plaque and tartar above and below the gum line
- Polishing of each tooth to smooth the enamel and reduce future tartar build-up
- Fluoride treatment and/or sealants to further protect teeth from tartar
- Extractions of damaged teeth*
*Extractions are a last resort. They can be uncomfortable for your pet and costly to you, but they can be avoided with preventive pet dental care. If your pet does require extractions, we’ll provide them with effective pain relief during the procedure and through their recovery.
Preventive Dental Care at Home
You too can play an instrumental role in preventing dental disease. Brushing your pet’s teeth on a daily basis is the single best way to maintain their oral hygiene. However, it can also be the most difficult thing to keep up with due to busy schedules and uncooperative pets. To help make things a bit easier, there are other options. Here are some other dental care products that help reduce plaque and tartar build-up:
- Oral wipes
- Dental treats
- Dental chew toys
- Water additives
- Prescription dental diets
Talk with one of our veterinarians today about your pet’s dental care and what products we recommend for maintaining and improving their oral health!