Pet Dental Care

nunda pet dental careYou are a responsible pet owner. You take good care of your pet. But do you always remember to take care of your pet's teeth?

Pets have dental diseases and problems just like people do. Many of these problems can be avoided by bringing your pet Nunda Veterinary Clinic for regular dental check-ups and dental cleanings.

Signs of Dental Problems

You can prevent serious dental problems from happening by making sure your pet receives dental exams at the time of each puppy/kitten vaccination, again at 6 months of age, and then annually. In between visits to your Nunda veterinarian, check your pet's teeth regularly for signs of problems. Symptoms of dental disease include:

  • Bad breath - one of the first signs of dental disease
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

Your Pet's Dental Cleanings

Dentistry for your pet is quite different from human dentistry. For most of us, caring for our teeth and gums has been part of our daily routine for as long as we can remember. Consequently, a person's visit to the dentist is relatively brief and does not require sedation. In contrast, your pet's dental care is considerably more involved, time consuming and complex. It requires general anesthesia and, consequently, a day's hospitalization and the skills of several people, from veterinarians to veterinary technicians and assistants.

Pre-Dental Workup

A pre-dental workup involves laboratory and diagnostic tests to better evaluate your pet's current health status and to assure safe anesthesia. Current medical problems must be evaluated and any possible unknown problems must be identified prior to dentistry.

Your pet's dental cleaning begins with a physical examination. This is important to evaluate your pet's general health. After the physical exam, your pet is given anesthesia for a safe and painless sleep during the dental cleaning.

The first part of your pet's dental cleaning requires the removal of tartar. This is done by hand, using tartar forceps.

Next, an ultrasonic scaler is used above and below the gumline. Once the teeth have been thoroughly cleaned a periodontal probe checks for pockets below the gumline. Deep pockets mean periodontal disease and infection. If deep pockets are found they are cleaned by hand using a curette to remove plaque and tartar from the exposed root surfaces. Your pet's teeth are then polished, creating a smooth surface. The gums are washed with an anti-bacterial solution to help delay tartar build-up both below the gumline and on the crown of each tooth.

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Home Care and Prevention

Dental care does not end with a visit to Nunda Veterinary Clinic. You need to continue your veterinarian's good work at home. Brushing your pet's teeth is an important part of home dental care. A staff member at Nunda Veterinary Clinic will show you the proper method of brushing your pet's teeth.

If you have questions about pet dental care in Nunda or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Nunda Veterinary Clinic at (585) 468-2240.

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