Dogs and cats don't brush their own teeth like we do, so they need to have their teeth professionally cleaned every so often. At River Road, we perform an initial Dental Exam at every Wellness Visit. We’ll create a customized home care plan for your pet and take care of regular professional dental cleanings right here at the hospital. Has it been a year since your pet's last Wellness Visit or Dental Exam? If so, call us today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to seeing you both!
Got Bad Breath?
Bad breath is not normal! It comes from bacterial growth on the teeth and gums. Left untreated, the gums will weaken, allowing further bacterial infection, bleeding, pain, and loose teeth. This is Periodontal Disease (POD), and it is a cause of early aging, because disease in the mouth translates to disease in the body. High levels of bacteria anywhere in the body eventually affect the liver, kidneys, and heart. Now here is the good news: POD is completely treatable and preventable with good oral hygiene and a customized dental care plan from River Road Veterinary Hospital. Regular Professional Dental Cleanings prevent periodontal disease and are much less costly than treating existing periodontal disease. And you'll be helping to extend your pet’s health for as long as possible.
Keeping Teeth Healthy at Home
Examples of home care include special dental-cleaning food and tooth brushing. Super-soft toothbrushes and chicken-flavored toothpaste can make the experience surprisingly doable, even enjoyable. For the animal that refuses to sit still for a brushing, you can use a special enzymatic gel that is simply applied along the gum line with no brushing required. Many companies make treats that are specifically designed to maintain oral health. Keep in mind that these products will not replace the need for professional dental cleanings, but will aid in minimizing bacteria and prolonging the period between dental cleanings.
The only difference between human and animal dentistry is that animal dentistry is performed under sedation or anesthesia. This is necessary to alleviate the fear and discomfort the animal would experience otherwise, and also in order to perform a thorough cleaning, which is impossible to do while the animal is awake. Here is what the American Veterinary Dental College has to say about anesthesia for dental cleanings. Learn more from the American Veterinary Dental College about professional dental cleaning.