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May the tooth be with you…

Our pets need to keep their teeth clean, white and bright. Flip those lips and smell that breath, we’re all about encouraging gentle dental health. More than 85% of our companion animals will have some form of dental disease by the age of three years. We push a proactive approach to dental health that should be started at an early age. Our goal is to avoid the pain of extracting diseased teeth. We encourage prevention by some scheduled home healthcare on our parts.

Let us show you with a brief but explanatory examination how you can protect the oral health with regular dental examinations and adjustments to home care routines that can be very effective in keeping your pet’s mouth healthy. Poor oral health has far reaching effects on the working of other body systems. Most commonly is the heart. Also, kidney filter functions that can be compromise the proper working of these important systems.

A Different Breed Factors Into Pet Dentistry And Oral Surgery

Some breeds may be more prone to dental disease based on facial structure and tooth position. All dogs are supposed to have 42 teeth in their mouths positioned for normal pulling and chewing. In some of our cute little “pushed-in” faced or brachycephalic breeds, there just isn’t enough space and room for all those teeth. So, some teeth may be rotated or poorly positioned for normal cleaning processes. Some breeds can actually be allergic to their own plaque, setting the stage for accelerated dental problems, and other breeds have a genetic propensity for inherited problems. There is an age-related incidence of periodontal disease which includes the tendency for fractured and infected teeth. The older our pets get, the more likely that they will require routine pet dentistry and oral surgery.

Maintaining Good Teeth At Home

There are many choices in maintaining good and healthy teeth. While tooth brushing with a pet-appropriate toothpaste is the best (remember they can’t spit or rinse so we cannot use our own people toothpastes that have foaming agents and high concentrations of fluoride), we have a choice of dental foods, dental treats, rinses, water additives, gels, wipes and sprays that can be used together to help in-home care.

There are a variety of options for every patient to receive good dental care. We want you to ask us questions to understand your options for pet dentistry and oral surgery. We will start with what the dental exam reveals and point out areas of concern with our assessment. Then we will attach a grade to the dental status or periodontal disease so we can monitor and follow with treatment recommendations. We will include home care, as well as, scheduled in-hospital procedures. Regular professional care and a tailored home care program can help to keep your furry friend’s mouth healthy and tongue-lickingly sweet.

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