Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s health because dental disease can be associated with other serious health problems. By age three, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Infected gums and tartar buildup play host to a large number of bacteria that can find their way to other parts of your pet’s body. Left untreated, dental disease can result in discomfort, pain, loss of teeth and even heart and kidney disease.
Pets are good at hiding pain, so it’s important for pet owners to take steps to prevent periodontal disease from striking in the first place. Annual dental exams are your best defense against dental disease, and they help maintain proper oral hygiene while preventing future problems.
Come see us as soon as possible if your pet has any of these signs of dental disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Missing or eroded teeth
- Bad breath
- Reluctance to play with toys or eat
A typical routine dental cleaning at Aldie Veterinary Hospital includes:
- Complete blood work to ensure your pet can safely undergo anesthesia
- A custom anesthesia plan based on your pet’s age, risk factors, lab results, and level of dental disease
- Digital dental radiography and x-rays of the chest and abdomen (depending on your pet’s age)
- Cleaning and polishing with our ultrasonic and air-driven equipment
- Fluoride treatment
- Full oral examination
- Fluids to prevent dehydration
- Continuous monitoring after the procedure to ensure a pain-free, low-stress, safe recovery
- A home dental care plan, including before and after pictures
At Aldie Veterinary Hospital, we offer comprehensive dental services for pets including oral surgery, and we can show you ways to keep their teeth and mouth healthy for a lifetime!