Imagine how your mouth would feel if you didn’t brush your teeth every day. Or floss. Or visit the dentist once or twice a year. This is probably how your pet’s mouth feels, and if you have noticed that they tend to have stinky breath, it should come as no surprise.
In addition to discomfort, dental disease is a painful and serious condition that affects an estimated 80% of pets to varying degrees. The bacteria in the mouth can travel and wreak havoc on other internal organs such as the liver, kidneys, heart, and lungs. And that stinky breath is actually one of the first telltale signs of dental disease.
To combat the effects of dental disease, the first step to a healthy smile for your best friend will be a dental assessment. This will be performed at your pet’s annual wellness visit. Our veterinarians will assess the teeth and gums of your pet to determine the degree of the damage, and formulate a treatment plan.
In addition to the assessments, we recommend yearly or twice-yearly dental cleanings. During the cleaning, our staff will use an ultrasonic scaler to remove the build-up on the patient’s teeth. This will help prevent periodontal disease, tooth decay, infections, and cysts or tumors of the mouth. We also perform full-mouth digital dental x-rays on all pets who are receiving a dental cleaning.
During the cleaning, your pet will be put under anesthesia for their comfort. This is necessary for two reasons. The first is that without anesthesia, it is impossible to inspect below the gumline, which is where most dental disease occurs. The second reason is for the health of both the practitioner and the pet patient. The loud sound of the machine scares most animals when it is so up close, and we do not want this to result in a bite or an emotional trauma for them.
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Carrollton, TX 75010