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Dental Care

At Home:

Preventative Oral Care

85% of pets have periodontal disease by 3 years of age.

 

There are a number of things that you, as the pet owner, can do to delay or completely prevent the development of periodontal disease. Good oral hygiene is very important to the overall health of your pet.

Dental-oriented treats or foods:

Some veterinary diets are specially formulated so that the kibble doesn't break apart until the tooth has sunk well into the kibble.  This allows a scraping action on the teeth to remove dental plaque.

There are many dental-oriented treats on the market. It is important to choose a treat that your pet will not be able to break into large chunks that may be swallowed, potentially resulting in intestinal obstruction.  For treat recommendations, please ask us.

Brushing your cat or dog's teeth:

The key to brushing is to introduce the idea to your pet very slowly so that they can learn to enjoy the process.

 

We can show you how to properly brush your pet's teeth - it should be a pleasant experience for them and can be a bonding time for both of you.

Water additives:

There are some antiseptic additives that are safe to put in your pet's water that kill bacteria in the water and the mouth.  

 

If you are interested in trying this product, contact us at Cottonwood Veterinary Center.

Veterinary Dental Care

Preventative and Surgical

Regular check-ups and cleanings work well to stave off periodontal disease, but at times your pet might be in a more advanced stage of periodontal disease that may require more extensive care.  

 

Unfortunately, cats and dogs do not tolerate having their teeth scraped and thoroughly cleaned and evaluated while awake (imagine yourself at the dentist!), and so a deep dental cleaning requires general anesthesia. Your pet will be intubated in order to protect his or her airway from the plaque that is disturbed and the water used with the process.

A dental cleaning at Cottonwood Veterinary Center includes the following:

  • Probing the gingival attachment to all teeth to detect detachment and periodontal disease.

  • Removal of the visible dental tartar with an ultrasonic scaler and hand instruments.

  • Root planing to remove dental tartar below the gum line.

  • Polishing the enamel.

  • Antiseptic or fluoride treatment.

Dental Radiographs (X-rays)

Regular check-ups and cleanings work well to stave off periodontal disease, but at times your pet might be in a more advanced stage of periodontal disease that may require more extensive care.

 

Your veterinarian may need to take a dental radiograph to assess the extent of disease below the gum line if significant periodontal disease is detected during the cleaning process. Visual examinations can only go so far - often the dental disease is more extensive than it appears, thus the need for the x-ray. 

Surgical Extractions and After Care:

We will fully evaluate injured or infected teeth with a careful examination under anesthesia and using digital dental radiography. Any time an extraction is necessary it will be done with the best technique and include effective pain control during and after the procedure.

 

Any dental x-rays that need to be taken will be discussed with you. After your pet's dental procedure you will receive a detailed care instruction sheet for use at home.