We promote oral health—from preventative dental work to radiography and extractions.
Humans brush their teeth twice daily. Our pets should receive the same standard of care. By the age of three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of dental disease. Left untreated, this can lead to the more serious problems of heart, lung, and kidney disease. Fido’s dog breath and Tabby’s tuna breath are not something to be ignored.
Dental health requires periodic professional cleaning regardless of whether the mouth belongs to a person, a dog, a cat, a horse or any other animal. Home care of the tooth is never perfect and periodically tartar must be properly removed and the tooth surface properly polished and disinfected.
Comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment performed at the veterinarian’s office is similar to what humans receive at their dentist’s office:
- Visible tartar is removed with instruments.
- More delicate tartar deposits are removed from the gum line with different instruments.
- Periodontal sockets are probed and measured to assess periodontal disease.
- Radiographs (x-rays) are taken of all teeth to evaluate their stability at the invisible root level.
- The roots are planed (meaning tartar is scraped from below the gum line) until the roots are smooth again.
- The enamel is polished to remove any unevenness left by tartar removal.
- The mouth is disinfected and possibly treated with a fluoride sealer or plaque repellent.
- Professional notes are taken on a dental chart, noting abnormalities on each of the pet’s teeth.
Our facilities provide comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment services for patients of any SVA location. These include prophylaxis, examination of teeth and gums, polish and fluoride, sub-gingival curettage, root planning, therapeutic periodontal treatments, dental radiology, root canals (Northwest Veterinary Hospital only), and dental extractions.