A pug shows her teeth for the camera in this comical pose.

A pug shows her teeth for the camera in this comical pose.

Did you know that the health benefits associated with your pet’s dental hygiene are actually within reach? It’s true! Your pet’s dental health can not only be maintained through regular exams, cleanings, and at-home care, but the link to his or her overall wellness is undeniable.

However, of all the areas that are known to support your pet’s health, dental care is often overlooked. It doesn’t have to be this way; your patience and diligence can make a world of difference to your pet’s dental health, and Animal Family Veterinary Care Center is here to help.

The Core Of The Issue

The problems connected to poor dental hygiene go beyond unpleasant breath. While brown or yellow teeth, swollen gums, and noticeable pain while eating are terrible side effects, these symptoms are the tip of the iceberg.

A vast majority of pets over age of three have, in one stage or another, periodontal disease.

Neglecting the signs of periodontal disease can eventually cause tooth loss, abscesses, and infections. Additionally, the health of the kidneys, liver, and even the heart can be significantly compromised by the infectious bacteria within the mouth.   

Taking It Further

At your pet’s regular wellness exam, we always take a look inside the mouth. Depending on the state of your pet’s teeth and gums, we may suggest digital radiographs to learn more about what’s occurring below the gum line. If we determine that your pet could largely benefit from a veterinary cleaning or dental surgery, we’ll work closely with you on the development of an individual treatment plan.

Your Pet’s Dental Health

To minimize stress and ensure that your pet remains safe, a full oral exam and any dental surgery will only be conducted under general anesthesia. We understand your potential worries or concerns regarding anesthesia, and we’ll do our best to keep you informed of your pet’s health and safety throughout the procedure.

What You Can Expect

Once pre-anesthetic testing shows that we can proceed, we will continuously monitor your pet’s safety through EKG and other diagnostics. Then we may pursue:

  • Routine prophylaxis to remove the plaque and tartar above and below the gum line
  • Polishing the teeth
  • Assessing gum pockets that harbor bacteria
  • Removing excessive gum tissue
  • Extracting any teeth, if necessary

After Care…

Your pet may be in some pain following a dental cleaning or extraction. To mitigate this, local nerve blocks and pain medication can offer your pet some relief.

After a week or so, you can begin to cultivate your pet’s good dental health at home. We will advise you on the right methods to brush your pet’s teeth at home, as well as the correct products to use. It may take some time to get a dental care routine fully underway, but once you get going the benefits are far reaching and long lasting.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. Our team is here to help your pet to better health through dental care. Happy brushing!