Before & After
Edgewood Animal Clinic recommends A.T.& P. (Assessment, Treatment and Plan) for your pets' Dental Health.
Take a look in your pet's mouth. See the tops of the teeth near the gum line? Is it all bright white or are there cakes of tartar clinging to the tooth? How about the gums themselves, are they normal looking pink or do they seemed red rimmed around the tooth base? By the way, how's the breath smelling to you? Is it like a fresh breath of spring? Or something resembling the dumpster down the street? Most pets don't give us the opportunity to brush their teeth after every meal as we do so it is understandable that their teeth will not get cleaned on their own.
Did you purchase that bag of "dental treats" lately to "clean your dogs teeth" with??? Most chews do not eliminate tartar buildup. After all, does your dentist tell you to "chew on this hard rawhide and you'll never need me again"?!!! Of course not, therefore that is why we recommend yearly dental exams to determine the status of your pet's teeth. This is only the first stage of the diagnosis though. The doctor will determine the need for a more detailed exam and prophylactic cleaning. To perform this properly, sedation is required for all pets by the American Association of Animal Hospitals (AAHA) of which we are proud members. An appointment will then be scheduled as soon as needed.
The second stage will be a pre-anesthetic blood test performed in-house to assure your pet has good health to receive anesthesia. The technician then proceeds to take digital x-rays of each tooth separately for the doctor to determine if there are any fractures, cavities or extractions needed to be dealt with. Ultrasonic scaling is used to clean the debris from the teeth after which the doctor uses dental instruments to probe, scale and thoroughly clean each tooth individually. Finishing touches include polishing, a preventative fluoride treatment and an antibacterial treatment to add to their water without changing the taste.
Each pet is different in the progression of dental disease. Some pets can go many years before ever needing their first cleaning. Smaller pets tend to need theirs cleaned more often, some even yearly to prevent decay and tooth loss. There are other problems that can arise due to poor dental health including heart disease. Remember all that decay and bacteria gets mixed into saliva and enters the bloodstream with every swallow!!
Pretty teeth and fresh breath is not all we are trying to attain. The entire health of your pet is considered with dental exams and prophylactics performed. Please call and schedule your pet's dental exam (and that includes our feline friends also)!