A healthy, happy pet is free of conditions and diseases that cause pain and shorten life. At Carriage Hills Animal Hospital, we offer personalized wellness plans for every pet that include regular dental exams to prevent disease and maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Pet Dental Care Guidelines
Dental (periodontal) disease is one of the most common problems seen in our animal companions. This condition can lead to bad breath, certainly, but it also causes infections and can damage major organs such as the heart and kidneys.
Regular dental exams act as an early warning system for developing issues and provide an opportunity to address problems before they impact your pet’s overall health. As an AAHA-accredited hospital, we adhere to the Dental Care Guidelines outlined by the American Animal Hospital Association. This includes the following:
- Pre-anesthetic exam—May include blood tests, urine test, ECG, and X-rays
- Anesthesia monitoring—Careful watch over vital signs for safety
- Digital dental radiographs—For accurate evaluation
- Scaling and polishing—To remove plaque and calculus
- Fluoride and sealants—Can strengthen teeth and slow development of plaque
AAHA recommends these procedures at least annually, starting at one year of age.
Advanced dental care is available at our hospital, including extractions, root canals, and other minor endodontic procedures. As with any potentially painful procedure, local anesthetics and post-operative pain medications are used as needed.
For teeth cleanings, we use a safe ultrasonic cleaner to clean each tooth thoroughly, above and below the gum line. Our veterinary technicians polish the teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup. Fluoride treatments help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.
Digital dental X-rays provide detailed images of your pet’s mouth. These high-resolution images allow us to better assess the health and integrity of each tooth.
Home Dental Care for Pets
At Carriage Hills Animal Hospital, we help you develop a home care regimen so your pet can maintain those fresh, clean teeth after your visit. Products specifically designed for pet dental care can be purchased at a reasonable price.
Brushing your pet’s teeth takes a bit of patience at first, but most pets learn to cooperate very quickly, and even enjoy the process. For reference, you may wish to print out this AAHA teeth brushing guide.
In addition, your family may enjoy the WebMD Pet Health website, which offers a video demonstration on How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth or review this comprehensive article outlining Ten Steps to Cat Dental Health.
Dental Care for East Montgomery Pets
For East Montgomery pets, our Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic offers extraordinary pet wellness and dental care with a selection of services to meet your essential needs.