Another area of concern with dental disease is your pet’s comfort. Many animals are stoic and frequently do not show their owners how much they are in pain. Dental calculus and gum disease can be painful, and this can cause your best friend discomfort with every chew. Once dental calculus has adhered to the teeth, the only way for it to be removed is via dental instrumentation.
A Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT) for dogs and cats involves general anesthesia. This allows us to do a thorough oral examination including a tooth by tooth assessment of periodontal health and measurement of any periodontal pockets indicative of infection or bone resorption.
All COHATs include dental radiographs to further evaluate problem areas in the mouth below the gumline. Dental radiographs also function as an important record of your pet’s dental history. An ultrasonic scaling of teeth is then performed, to remove soft and hard calculus present. Next is a hand polishing with dental abrasive, followed by tooth by tooth application of dental fluoride to harden and protect the dental enamel.
For maintenance care of your pet’s teeth after a dental cleaning, we recommend brushing your pet’s teeth daily with a veterinary approved toothpaste.
Prior to all anesthetic events, a laboratory blood profile is performed to assess internal organ function to evaluate health and risk of anesthetic procedures.
Please call today to schedule a consult or your pet’s dental cleaning.