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What Can you Expect from a Dental Cleaning/Exam?

We recommend for your pet to have a dental cleaning/checkup at least once a year but, do you know what to expect when you bring them in for a cleaning? What additional measurements are taken during the dental process?

When your pet comes in for their dental cleaning/exam, be prepared for him/her to be put under a general anesthesia and incubation.  While they are under anesthesia we will be able to perform a thorough job.

In addition, your pet may also undergo the following procedures:

  • Pre-anesthetic Exam: This examination will include blood tests, urine tests, electrocardiography, and X-Rays. The point of the exam is to ensure your pet is healthy enough to go under general anesthesia.
  • Anesthesia Monitoring: While he/she is under anesthesia, his/her vital signs, i.e. body temperature, heart rate, and respiration will be monitored and recorded. This helps ensure that they are safe while under anesthesia.
  • Dental Radiographs: It is important to get regular X-rays done to have your pet’s oral health checked. X-rays also help us detect any abnormalities that can not be seen through a physical exam. An X-ray can also confirm if there is a need for any extractions when teeth are loose or badly infected.
  • Scaling and Polishing: Similar to our own dental cleaning, we will remove plaque and calculus from your pet’s teeth. In addition, polishing with a special paste smooths out scratches to the tooth enamel.
  • Fluoride/sealants: Anti-plaque substance like fluoride treatment and/or a barrier sealant, will help strengthen and desensitize teeth and discourage the development of future plaque.

Taking care of your pet’s dental health will help him/her live a longer, healthier life.

Do you Know What Periodontal Disease is?

Did you know that poor dental hygiene can result in periodontal disease? Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth that goes through progressive stages.

Periodontal disease begins with plaque. When bacteria attaches to the teeth and dies, it becomes rigid by the calcium in saliva. Tartar is a hard, rough substance that is then formed which allows more plaque to accumulate.

Plaque is a huge issue that can lead to gingivitis, and inflammation of the gums. The gums will become red and swollen and be prone to bleeding. Professional cleaning is needed as plaque and calculus develop below the gum line. If the buildup continues to go unchecked, infection can form around the root of the tooth.

The tissues surrounding the tooth can become destroyed in the final stages of periodontal disease. In this final stage, the bony socket holding the tooth erode, and the tooth becomes loose. This can be a very painful process for your pet.

The good news is that these problems can be averted with proper dental care.

Top 5 Reasons to Get your Pet’s Teeth Checked

There are many reasons behind why your pet’s dental health is important. Here are the top 5 reasons why their dental health should be checked on a yearly basis.

  1. Your pet is at risk for developing a disease or condition that is related to their dental health. i.e. periodontal disease or heart conditions.
  1. Gum irritation and tartar buildup can happen when baby teeth won’t come out.
  2. Your pet needs regular dental care just like you do.
  1. Dogs and cats are very good at hiding pain. You may never know when they have a serious dental health problem. Routine checkups are the only way to tell if there is a health issues.
  2. Teeth wear out. Your pet’s teeth may be tough but they do wear out. It’s important to keep regular dental hygiene up so that he/she can continue having healthy gums and teeth.

Taking care of you pet’s dental health will ensure a happy, healthy life.

Dental Hygiene Myths

As part of February’s dental awareness month, we thought it would be a great idea to go through the common myths most clients believe when it comes to their cat/dog’s oral health.

We know that a lot of pet owners think that their pet will be fine without regular dental cleanings/exams. This is untrue, pets need just as much dental attention as us humans do.

Myths convince pet owners that annual cleanings and checkups are unnecessary. Here are the top 4 myths that every pet owner should stop believing.

  1. Certain bones and treats are good for my pet’s teeth and help prevent plaque build up so it’s unnecessary for him/her to have a cleaning.

Some bones can cause fractured teeth and cause injuries. Treats like kibble help remove plaque from the top of your pet’s teeth but what about the barrier of their teeth and gums? There’s no treat or toy that can clean the hard to reach area in your pet’s mouth. Gums are very important to clean in order to avoid gingivitis and diseases like periodontal disease.

  1. My pet’s breath smells because he/she is suppose to have bad breath.

Bad breath is common in cats and dogs but very bad breath can be a cause for concern. A cat/dog’s breath can begin to smell poorly if his/her gums are in poor condition or if there’s gingivitis build up.

  1. I’ll know if my pet is experiencing pain in his/her mouth if he/she doesn’t eat.

Although we think of our pets as our furry babies, we have to remember that cats and dogs are animals and animals have different instincts when it comes to survival. Cats and dogs generally hide their pain until it’s completely unbearable. He/she will continue to eat even if they’re in pain. If your pet isn’t eating at all the pain has become very severe and can possibly be the outcome of a serious issue. You can prevent your pet from experiencing severe pain through routine cleanings/exams.

  1. I don’t have to brush my pet’s teeth.

Just like humans, cats and dogs need daily oral cleaning. After an oral examination the vet will explain to you how to clean your pet’s teeth at home.

It’s time to stop believing all the myths and begin taking care of your pet’s needs.

Is it Really that Important to Have your Pet’s Teeth Cleaned Regularly?

February is dental awareness month and Centre Street Animal Hospital has the answers to all your questions.

A lot of clients ask if it really is that important to have their pet’s teeth checked and cleaned on a regular basis. The answer is yes! Routine dental check ups for your cat/dog are very important in maintaining his/her oral health. We recommend for your pet to receive a dental cleaning/examination at least once a year.

Periodontal disease is a big concern when it comes to your cat/dog’s oral health. Periodontal disease is an infection around the teeth which includes the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. This disease begins with the development of gingivitis. Routine cleanings/examinations will help prevent periodontal disease by keeping gingivitis under control.

In addition, a cleaning allows for your pet to get a complete oral examination. This is the most important reason for annual dental check ups. Remember, your fur baby is an animal, when they feel pain their instinctive behaviour is to not show it. If your pet is feeling pain in his/her mouth you will never know until he/she undergoes a complete examination.

Regular dental checkups and cleanings are the ingredients to good overall health for your pet!