What’s That Smell???
Have you ever wondered what that smell coming from your pet’s mouth might be?? Let Dr. Robinson and her staff flip those lips and evaluate your pet’s dental health. Dental disease is one of the most overlooked health problems facing our pets today.
What are some of the signs of dental disease in dogs and cats??
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Your pet pulls away when you touch the mouth area
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth, or chewing on one side of the mouth.
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Loss of appetite or loss of weight; dental disease can damage many organs such as the heart and kidneys.
When dental disease is present your pet will benefit from a professional teeth cleaning visit. There are many steps to a professional cleaning. Under general anesthesia, your pet’s teeth will be completely examined, scaled, and charted for damage and defects. The area under the gum line is also examined, roots are and the teeth are polished. Teeth that are abscessed or loose will be extracted, the sockets flushed and sutured closed. Antibiotics are often used to help treat gingival infections but also to protect the pet’s blood and organs. We then schedule a courtesy follow-up examination in 7 to 10 days to be sure your pet’s mouth has healed well after the cleaning and that any questions about follow-up home dental care are answered.
Dental Radiographs: We are excited to now be able to offer digital dental radiographs of your pet’s teeth taken during dental treatment sessions. Our new unit the Midmark VetPro DC allows us to take images of teeth and their roots so we can examine what is going on below the gumline as well as above. We can now look for tooth root abscesses, root resorption and possible bone pathology as well.
What kind of home care can we do for our pets???
The mainstay of at home dental care has always been brushing your pet’s teeth. But not all toothpastes are the same. There are many available brands of pet toothpaste. The most important thing to remember is that pet toothpaste does not foam like our own toothpaste, so please do not use yours for your pet. There is also a difference in fluoride levels between human and animal toothpastes so please be sure to use pet toothpaste.
In addition to brushing teeth there are dental chews available for your pet. We currently recommend and sell Ora-vet chews made by Boehringer Ingelheim. As part of our dental specials we offer a free 14 count box of these chews. Hills Science Diet has also developed a dental chew and there are wipes and sprays available on the market s well.
But remember…brushing is best!!