Does My Pet Need Dental Care Too?
Dental care and maintaining a healthy mouth is extremely important to your pet's overall well-being. Not doing so can lead spread of the infection and toxins through blood stream to kidney and heart disease and can reduce the life expectancy of your pet considerably. Dental care is often one of the most underestimated parts of your pet's overall health care. Comprehensive dental examinations and dental procedures are very important in order to maintain healthy teeth for your pet.
How do I know if my pet needs dental cleaning?
The most common sign of dental disease is your pet’s bad breath. Bacteria and other germs in between teeth and under the gum line can produce toxic materials. This in turn can cause dental cavities, bleeding of the gums, gum recession, plaque buildup, and loose teeth. If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog or cat, please seek veterinary advice. An annual teeth cleaning will help keep your pet’s teeth and mouth healthy and prevent discomfort for your pet.
Does dental cleaning require anesthesia?
Pets do not understand the significance of dental hygiene. Attempting to do a dental cleaning without anesthesia is dangerous to your pet and also to the technician /doctor doing the dental procedure as your pet may even try to bite. A professional dental cleaning is nearly impossible without anesthesia. The staffs at Cornerstone Animal Hospital are well experienced in anesthesia management and have sophisticated monitoring equipment. Any anesthetic procedure can be risky, but the benefits outweigh the minor risks involved.
Dental Cleaning and Polishing
At Cornerstone Animal Hospital we offer a thorough evaluation of your pet's teeth. We encourage pre-anesthetic blood work in order to evaluate organ functions and to make sure your pet is safe to be anesthetized. Our high speed dental machine is very similar to what human dentists use in order to clean your own teeth. Additionally, a dental X-Ray will help to reveal many of the underlying teeth conditions not visible on physical examination, and therefore is highly recommended.
Unhealthy, infected and loose teeth are evaluated by our North Richland Hills veterinarian and may have to be extracted using our safe techniques. If your pet needs procedures such as crowning, root canals, jaw fracture repair, etc., we will address your pet’s specific needs through an appointment.
Typically, losing an infected tooth is better than having an aching tooth that causes discomfort for your pet. At Cornerstone Animal Hospital, pain medications and antibiotic coverage before and after the procedure will be recommended by our veterinarian to ensure that your pet is safe and as comfortable as possible.