The American Animal Hospital Association recommends that veterinarians evaluate puppies and kittens for problems related to deciduous (baby) teeth, missing teeth, extra teeth, swelling and oral development.
As pets age, your veterinarian will examine your pet for developmental anomalies, accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease and oral tumors. The veterinarian can perform a basic oral examination while pets are awake. However, short-lasting anesthetic may be required for a more complete examination.
We offer anesthetic dental cleanings (prophylaxis) to clean the teeth of tartar and plaque above and below the gum line (sub-gingival). A healthy mouth can offer a longer and healthier life for your pet. Digital X-rays and ultrasonic cleanings enable us help you keep your pets mouth clean and healthy.
Your veterinarian should examine your pet to ensure it is healthy enough to go under general anesthesia. This examination may include:
- Blood Tests
- Urine Tests
When your pet is under anesthesia, vital signs (such as body temperature, heart rate, and respiration) should be monitored and recorded. This helps ensure your pet’s safety while under anesthesia.
X-rays of your pet’s teeth are needed periodically to evaluate your pet’s oral health. X-rays also help veterinarians detect abnormalities that cannot be seen through physical examination alone. They can also confirm the need for tooth extraction when teeth are loose or badly infected.
Scaling and Polishing
Using the same instruments as human dentists, veterinarians remove plaque and calculus from your pet’s teeth. Polishing with a prophy paste smooths enamel imperfections and offers fluoride to enhance the enamel.
By applying an anti-plaque substance, such as a fluoride treatment and/or a barrier sealant, the veterinarian helps strengthen and desensitize teeth and discourage the development of future plaque.