Dental disease is more than just bad breath. Periodontal disease is one of the most prevalent diseases in veterinary medication. Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body: Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. According to the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC.org) the key to manage gum and dental disease in our pet’s is prevention, which includes daily brushing along with other products proven to health improve oral health. However, that’s not always easy in our pets!
Our veterinarians monitor your pet’s teeth at every visit for signs of gum and dental disease. In addition to preventative dental care recommendations tailored for your pet, we provide Comprehensive Oral Health Assessments and Treatments (COHAT or “Dentals”) when indicated. This includes general anesthesia, careful examination and full-mouth radiographs for a thorough evaluation to ensure any underlying dental disease is identified. As a large amount of our pet’s dental and gum disease is hidden under the gum line, full-mouth radiographs along with visible findings allow for a comprehensive evaluation. All teeth are scaled and polish. Any affected or otherwise diseased teeth can be extracted utilizing a multi-modal pain management approach including local nerve blocks and pain medications.