Dr. Kucher performing a dental procedure. Oral disease can lead to pain, bad breath and tooth loss. Chronic infections can spread to major organs and can lead to heart diseases or kidney disease. Professional dental cleaning can help extend a pets life for many years. By removing tarter and abscessed teeth we can bring comfort to your loved ones. We at GHVH check your pet’s teeth annually during their comprehensive exam. Call us anytime to have your pets teeth checked or to set up a dental procedure!
Many pet owners do not realize that oral disease is the number one health problem diagnosed in their pets. When your dog or cat’s mouth hurts, their quality of life will suffer. Oral disease, also known as periodontitis, is a big deal; it is not just stinky breath and it affects more than just your dog or cat’s teeth. The plaque that accumulates on your pet’s teeth is made up of bacteria that thrive off of the food that your pet eats everyday. Without routine brushing, the bacteria continue to grow and turn into plaque and then tarter, the hardened, yellow covering on your pet’s teeth. As plaque continues to build up, it starts to accumulate under your pet’s gums, causing irritation and bleeding, allowing for bacteria to have an easy ride to your pet’s heart and other vital organs. Periodontitis is a potentially irreversible infection that if left untreated, can result in the destruction of gum and bone and other tissues around your dog or cat’s teeth. In the most severe cases, periodontitis can ultimately lead to loss of teeth, fracture of the jawbones, and heart and/or liver disease. Maintaining healthy teeth is critical to keeping your dog or cat healthy and happy.
We drop off our pets at the clinic, and then we pick up at the end of the day. What exactly happens during the dental prophy? Here at Good Hands, we provide a detailed dental report to help with the understanding of the prophy, disease process and any extenuating procedures that were needed. Your pet’s dental prophy begins with a full, comprehensive exam followed by pre-anesthetic bloodwork. Bloodwork is crucial in determining overall health of your pet because the dental prophy is performed under general anesthesia. Once the results have been reviewed and interpreted, the patient is then premedicated in preparation for anesthesia. Shortly after preanesthetic medications are administered, we begin general anesthesia, followed by the dental prophylaxis (prophy). The prophy consists of cleaning the teeth by hand and ultrasonic scaling. After removing the tartar and other debris from the teeth, we are then able to fully evaluate the mouth, the health of each tooth and the surrounding gum’s health (receding gumline, bleeding and inflammation). Sometimes teeth will need to be removed to prevent abscesses and remove problem-causing bacteria that will continue to contribute to the disease process. Unfortunately for many pets, this step of the dental prophy is the most revealing of the severity of the disease. A follow-up dental exam and prophy may be needed to help continue reversal of the disease. After evaluating, the last step in the process is polishing. This will aid in the prevention of further accumulation of tartar on the tooth. We then follow this step with a fluoride and sealant treatment to also aid in the prevention of tartar. The results are dramatic and benefit the health of your pet immediately and for the long-term.
After The Dental Prophy
The dental prophy doesn’t end once your pet is awake from anesthesia; it continues with dental care at home. Routine dental care is essential for both the treatment and prevention of periodontal disease, while also increasing the time in between dental procedures. Although not a substitute for tooth brushing, various dental products such as treats, water additives, chews, and toys will continue to improve your pet’s overall oral health.