According to the American Animal Hospital Association, regular dental care is an essential component of preventative healthcare and is necessary to provide your pet with a long, healthy life. If left untreated , diseases of the teeth and gums are painful and can lead to both local and systemic disease in your pet. In accordance with these guidelines Chalco Hills Animal Hospital recommends yearly dental exams and dental cleanings when indicated.
Every time your pet visits us for an exam, we will assess their mouth, teeth and gums looking for any signs of disease - large amounts of tartar and calculus, swollen, red or bleeding gums, loose or fractured teeth. We will then work with you to develop an appropriate treatment plan and home maintenance protocol to keep your pet's mouth healthy.
Chalco Hills Animal Hospital Dental Procedures:
- Pre-anesthetic exam and blood test to ensure that your pet will be safe under anesthesia
- Intravenous catheter and fluids to help protect liver and kidneys
- Pre-anesthetic pain medication
- Antibiotic injection to prevent infection
- Intubation and safe gas anesthetic
- Vital sign monitoring
- Ultrasonic scaling and polishing of the teeth, followed with a fluoride treatment
- Dental charting measurement of gingival pockets)
- Extractions, and pain medications, if needed
Prevention: The Best Dental Treatment
Home oral hygiene is vital for control of dental disease. Getting your puppy or kitten used to tooth brushing at a young age will make it easier for you to continue good oral care throughout their life. Continuing with home care after a dental cleaning is also helpful to keep the mouth clean and healthy. Our staff here at Chalco Hills Animal Hospital knows that tooth brushing is an important part of home care, and we would be happy to show you how to properly brush your pet's teeth. We also recommend a variety of dental chews and diets specifically designed to help keep the teeth clean, so be sure to ask us what might work best for your pet.