Dental Cleanings

By: Ashburn Animal  09-12-2011
Keywords: pet

Periodontal disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats! About 85-90% of dogs and cats have some form of it and are vulnerable to the pain, bad breath, and tooth loss that could follow. Infections from the teeth and gums can spread and cause damage to the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys where more damage to the body can arise. We offer services as well as many products that can help your pet have a clean bright healthy smile.

Many times owners don't realize that their pets are having issues with their teeth until they have brown or green teeth, smelly breath, or even a hard time chewing their food. Prevention is the key. At home prevention is highly reccomended by our doctors and staff. Once periodontal disease has set in prevention will only help with any further build up. In order to start on a fresh clean slate a dental cleaning is reccomended.

Here is what a dental consists of:

Once your pet is admitted in the morning he/she will undergo any necessary bloodwork, i.v. catheterization, x-rays, etc before the doctor arrives. When the doctor arrives all test results are reviewed and the pet is examined to make sure the pet is not at any known risk for anesthesia. Most often a pre-medication drug is administered to the pet 10-20 minutes prior to the dental. This then gives the pet a chance to settle and calm down before the procedure. The pre-medication drug also makes the induction process smoother. Another drug is then administered to help the animals body relax and to be easily put on the gas anesthesia. Gas anesthesia is administered through an endotracheal tube. Heart rate monitors are always used as well as a technician with their stethescope. We also keep a close eye on the animals body temperature. Special measures are taken to help keep the temperature at an acceptable number. The Dental prophy then begins. First all the teeth are examined by the technician doing the prophy to make sure nothing should be brought to the doctors attention. The teeth are then cleaned with an ultra-sonic scaler that helps remove the calculus and tarter from the teeth and gumline. After the scaling is complete the doctor will then check the mouth for any missed teeth and check for any cavities or teeth that need to be pulled. Sometimes dental x-rays are helpful in detecting root decay. If any teeth are pulled, local anesthetics are injected into the gums to help with pain during and after the procedure. If warranted, absorbable sutures are placed where needed. The end of the procedure consists of a polish that is put onto the teeth. At this time any antibiotic or pain injections are given before the pet starts to wake up. The pet is then turned off the anesthesia and placed on oxygen and the slowly weaned back onto room air. Once the pet is recovered they are then returned to their comfy warm kennel where they sleep of their anesthetics and wait for their time to go home.

Once a dental cleaning has been performed it is highly reccomended to start at home care with your pet. Brushing your animals teeth every day is definately the gold standard in our book. We have very palatable toothpastes that are easy to use as well as great tasting for you pet. For those pets who don't tolerate brushing there is a wide variety of other products that we reccomend. A few including C.E.T dental chews, oral rinses, additives for water, dental diets, etc. Feel free to ask our staff what variety would work for your pet.

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