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The Importance of Dental Cleaning

Good dental hygiene can increase your pet's health, vitality, well being and add additional years to his or her life. Regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings help ensure your pet leads the best life possible.

If left untreated, dental disease can not only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition, but it can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet's health before symptoms are noticeable. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop tooth and gum disease by the age of three years.

Oral disease typically develops in stages:

  • Stage 1- Gum tissue around the teeth can become inflamed and swollen. Plaque and tartar are usually present
  • Stage 2- Inflammation progresses to an infection that starts to destroy gum and bone tissue around the teeth. Bad breath may be noticeable
  • Stage 3-Continuning infection destroys more tissue around the teeth, often causing bleeding gums and loosening of teeth.
  • Stage 4-Extensive infection is tearing down even more of the attachment tissues (gum and bone). Teeth are at risk of being lost.

    Part of the treatment plan will include a professional dental cleaning under carefully monitored anesthesia, pre-anesthetic blood work, antibiotics, and pain medication as needed.

    Serious health issues can occur the teeth are not taken care of properly. Infections occur when the bacteria, which form the plague and tartar, on uncared-for teeth gets into your bloodstream. From there, it can create internal infections and irreversible side effects including heart failure.

    A teeth cleaning includes:

  • Oral exam
  • Subgingival scaling
  • Tooth scaling
  • Polishing
  • Rinsing