Pet dental disease affects more than the mouth—infections in the teeth and gums can lead to serious health problems including heart, lung, and kidney disease. This makes it important to provide your pets with proper dental care from the start.
As an AAHA-accredited hospital, we follow the American Animal Hospital Association’s Dental Care Guidelines for veterinary dentistry and recommend the following:
- Regular oral examinations
- Dental cleanings under general anesthesia
- A home dental care regime
This three-point program offers a lifetime of protection from dental pain and associated disease.
Pet Dental Care and Surgery
At Park Grove Pet Hospital, your veterinarian evaluates all young pets for dental issues during each wellness visit in the first year. We look for problems related to the deciduous or “baby” teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development.
After the first birthday, we look for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors. While we perform a basic oral examination on patients that are awake, anesthetic is required to provide a complete and thorough examination and dental cleaning.
Park Grove Pet Hospital offers the following benefits in veterinary dentistry:
We perform a thorough exam to assess for health concerns and your pet’s ability to tolerate anesthesia and may run laboratory and diagnostic tests to check for any dangerous medical conditions.
We monitor and record vital signs, such as body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration, throughout the procedure and after, until your pet is awake and fully alert.
X-rays of the teeth may be needed to fully evaluate your pet’s oral health, detecting abnormalities and the need for extraction.
Scaling & polishing
We remove plaque and calculus from your pet’s teeth, smooth out scratches in the enamel, and polish with a special paste.
Fluoride or sealants
We may apply an anti-plaque substance such as fluoride or sealant to decrease plaque build-up and help strengthen teeth.
This quality plan is the gold standard in veterinary dental care and provides the highest level of protection from dental deterioration and disease.
Your Park Grove veterinarian may take digital dental radiographs for an accurate picture of your pet’s mouth. An experienced veterinarian reads the dental radiographs, which is critical in diagnosing current and developing dental problems.
If there is a concern that would require advanced dental procedures, you are consulted at once. At that time, we answer any questions or concerns you may have and create a plan to address your pet’s issues.
In addition to teeth cleaning, Park Grove Pet Hospital offers more advanced veterinary dental procedures as needed, such as tooth extractions and treatment of periodontal disease. Modern technology and advanced training ensure your pet receives the safest experience available in pet dental care and surgical services.
Maintaining the highest standards in in pet dental care, Park Grove Pet Hospital follows recommendations of the American Animal Hospital Association. Read the AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats, a framework for pet dentistry practice including dental examinations, teeth cleaning, and veterinary surgical procedures.
Home Dental Care
Home dental care for pets is part of a comprehensive plan including:
- Healthy diet
- Abundant water
- Appropriate snacks
- Safe chew toys
- A dental hygiene regime
A healthy diet is essential to bone and tooth development, as well as to avoid food that will promote decay. An adequate water supply helps to rinse food from the teeth and gums as only one of its many benefits necessary for your pet’s ongoing health.
Appropriate snacks include veterinary-approved treats—those without added sugar. In both food and treats, we discourage the introduction of “people food” as a treat for your pet. Discuss any questions or concerns about your pet›s diet at each wellness visit for recommendations and suggestions in this area.
Please note that safe chew toys are essential to stimulate the gums, promote salivation, and help scrub the surface of the teeth. However, there are many chew products that are not safe for your pet. Consult the veterinarian for direction in this important area.
Brushing your pet’s teeth is easy and can be fun for you both. The professionals at Park Grove Pet Hospital are pleased to assist you in beginning your pet home dental regime. To find step-by-step instructions on getting started, read this AAHA article, Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth.
For additional help in this area, you may enjoy the AAHA Pet Health Library website, which offers a article demonstration in How To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth