Oral hygiene has perhaps been the most neglected aspect of pet health care. It is estimated that up to 85% of all cats over four years of age have some degree of periodontal disease. It is estimated that up to 80% of dogs more than three years of age have significant dental disease. Of that 80%, there are 50% that require full immediate attention.
It should come as no surprise that this is the case. After all, dogs and cats have teeth just like we do, and the same conditions that lead to our tooth and gum problems also occur in our pets’ mouth.
Veterinary Dental Treatments
If your pet has existing periodontal disease, the only way to clean the teeth is under general anesthesia. A chlorhexidine solution is used to flush the mouth to reduce bacteria. The teeth and gums are evaluated and noted, then scaled, polished, and flushed below the gum line to remove debris and tartar. Fluoride is then applied to the teeth. Once teeth are cleaned we will perform any dental surgery or treatments your pet may need as deemed necessary by our veterinarian. You may choose to have us call you prior to performing these treatments or you may authorize us to perform these procedures as needed when you bring your pet in the morning of the prophylaxis.
IF at home dental care isn’t realistic, then yearly (if not more often—depending on your pet’s specific needs) in-hospital dental prophylaxis will be necessary.
Stage 1 - Gingivitis
Gum tissue around the teeth can become inflamed and swollen. Plaque and tartar are usually present on the teeth.
Stage 2 - Mild Periodontitis
Inflammation progresses to an infection that starts to destroy gum and bone tissue around the teeth. Bad breath may be noticeable.
This mouth is before starting the dental cleaning. There is severe dental tartar accumulation both above and below the gumline. The patient is under general anesthesia, see the endotracheal tube in place to deliver isoflurane anesthesia and oxygen directly to the lungs.
The same patient during the dentistry. The tartar has been removed using the piezoscaler, hand instruments and flushing both above and below the gumline. Here the teeth are being polished. An application of fluoride foam will follow.
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Stage 3 – Moderate Periodontitis
The continuing infection destroys more tissue around the teeth, often causing bleeding of gums and loosening of teeth.
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Stage 4 –Severe Periodontitis
Extensive infection is tearing down even more of the attachment tissues (gum and bone). Teeth are at risk of being lost.
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