It is estimated that 85% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of three suffer from some form of dental disease, so chances are your pet could use a dental exam. It is very important to have your pet’s oral cavity examined by a professional. In fact, if your pet has bad breath, they have dental disease. Bad breath and dirty teeth are unappealing, but many pet owners aren’t aware that these may be indicators of gum disease that can spread to the heart, kidney and liver. The gums are a barrier to the blood stream, so unless you are regularly providing dental care for your pet, you are neglecting an important factor in their overall health and putting them at risk for serious illnesses.
Without proper care, plaque builds up on the teeth and under the gum line, turning into tartar. As this plaque and tartar build, the gums become inflamed and start to recede. The roots become exposed. This results in infection, gum disease, tooth mobility, tooth root abscesses, tooth loss, and pain. Remember, your pet feels the pain of a toothache just like you do, and worst of all they can’t tell you they’re in pain. If your pet doesn’t receive routine dental care, they could be experiencing pain in their gums and jaw.
Call Brookline Animal Hospital and schedule an appointment for your pet today. We will evaluate your pet’s mouth and teeth, and develop a treatment plan.
See our video on the home page that follows one of our patients through their dental experience at Brookline Animal Hospital.
A typical dental procedure at Brookline Animal Hospital includes:
We will get your pet’s mouth healthy again and teach you how to do your part at home by brushing your pet’s teeth and offering special dental chews or diets.
- Pre-surgical physical exam
- Blood tests prior to anesthesia
- Intravenous catheter placement and intravenous fluids during the procedure.
- Intravenous induction of anesthesia and then intubation and maintenance of anesthesia with isoflurane.
- Constant monitoring and attending to anesthetized patient by trained staff and state of the art monitoring equipment.
- All teeth are cleaned, polished and have a fluoride treatment.
- Full mouth dental radiographs are taken and evaluated by out veterinarians.
- Periodontal pockets are measured and recorded by our veterinary technicians.
- Dental extractions / oral surgery is performed, if needed by our veterinarians.
- Recovery from anesthesia and pain management.
- Detailed instructions and medications.
- Two-week courtesy recheck exam
Annual dental exams are a necessary part of your pet’s overall health, so call us at 603-672-7006.