Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats – by the time your pet is 3 years old, he or she will very likely have some early evidence of periodontal disease, which will worsen as your pet grows older if effective preventive measures aren’t taken. Early detection and treatment are critical, because advanced periodontal disease can cause severe problems and pain for your pet. Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your pet’s mouth. Other health problems found in association with periodontal disease include kidney, liver, and heart muscle changes. It starts with plaque that hardens into tartar. Tartar above the gumline can often easily be seen and removed, but plaque and tartar below the gumline is damaging and sets the stage for infection and damage to the jawbone and the tissues that connect the tooth to the jaw bone. The treatment of periodontal disease involves a thorough dental cleaning and x-rays may be needed to determine the severity of the disease.
Prevention of the most common oral disease in pets consists of frequent removal of the dental plaque and tartar that forms on teeth that are not kept clean. Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy between dental cleanings, and may reduce the frequency or even eliminate the need for periodic dental cleaning by your veterinarian. Daily brushing is best, but it’s not always possible and brushing several times a week can be effective. Most dogs accept brushing, but cats can be a bit more resistant – patience and training are important.
There are many pet products marketed with claims that they improve dental health, but not all of them are effective.
Talk with your veterinarian about any dental products, treats, or dental-specific diets you’re considering for your pet, or ask your veterinarian for their recommendation.
Your pet’s teeth should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. Have your pet’s teeth checked sooner if you observe any of the following problems:
We do FREE DENTAL EXAMS, just a quick check to see if your pet is in need of a dental cleaning.
Our dental cleanings are scheduled Monday through Friday.
Your pet stays the day with us, as it is an anesthetic procedure we like to ensure they are fully awake and safe to return home.
It is important to fast your pet the night before. If you have any questions or to schedule your appointment please call the office : 503-873-3691
See the difference a dental cleaning can make.
It can be amazing!
(removing all that tartar can help your pet have better breath as well!)
Prevention is Key
Toothbrushing is the #1 best way to prevent the buildup of tartar .
We have a several options of brushes available for your cat or small dog we have cat toothbrush kits, fingerbrush kits and small pet toothbrush. Also baby toothbrushes (with flat heads) can work well in place of "pet toothbrushes" as they are small and fit easily between your pets mouth and teeth. For larger dogs we reccommend a dual ended toothbrush that has a long handle and several sized heads to get the far back teeth in your pets mouth.
We have a variety of options as far as toothpaste flavors: malt, poultry, beef, salmon and vanilla mint.
There are a variety of toothpaste and brushes on the market, if you ever have any questions please feel free to give us a call and we can help you make the correct decision for your pet.
***NEVER USE HUMAN TOOTHPASTE ON YOUR PET***
Human toothpastes have ingredients that can be potentially fatal to your pets.
When attempting to brush your pet's teeth it is best to approach the training process in steps.
CET HEXtra Chews are a premium chew clinically proven to reduce calculus when used daily in dogs.
For daily use in dogs as a chew to help remove plaque and reduce tartar.
When our own teeth are scaled by a dentist or hygienist - we sit in the chair and open our mouth when requested, letting the professional do their work. While the principles of good oral hygiene and dental health are the same for dogs and cats as for people, there are some significant differences.
We understand why the procedure is important, and we typically do not need sedation or restraint.
Neither is true for our pets. Another important difference between human and veterinary dental practice is that we tell the dentist when there is discomfort; to ensure that nothing is missed in dogs or cats, our patients require a thorough oral examination as part of a dental scaling procedure.
When your pet is getting a "dental" what does that mean?
A dental cleaning procedure includes anesthesia the scaling, polishing and topical fluoride gel treatment.
As in all anesthetic procedures, we recommend a pre-anesthetic blood panel to ensure your pet's liver and kidney function is up to par. If there are any issues we can alter the medications used for anesthesia as an additional safety precaution for your pet. This panel is optional but recommended for all anesthetic procedures.
First your pet is put under anesthesia, once your pet is sleeping well and fully connected to an EKG monitor, we begin removing the tartar from each and every tooth using the ultrasonic scaling machine. We check the spaces between each tooth and ensuring that each one is structurally sound free of concerns. If the tooth is questionable the veterinarian decides based on the situation if the tooth has become infected or is cause of potential infection. The tooth may be "extracted" or removed from the mouth, this process is an additional charge not included in the base price of our dental cleaning. We try not to remove teeth unless it is truly necessary. After the teeth have been removed of debris and the unhealthy portions if any are dealt with the teeth are polished clean with an electric polishing wand and paste. This not only freshens the breath and makes the teeth look nicer but also helps smooth the surface of the teeth furthering the prevention of tartar build up.The mouth is wiped clean and a topical fluoride treatment is applied to the teeth. This helps strengthen the enamel. The mouth is wiped clean again. We finish off the dental procedure with a complimentary nail trim. If your pet has had extractions then an injectable pain control and antibiotic injection is given at the time of the procedure. If extractions your pet will go home with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory pain control.
Dependent upon the individual situation your veterinarian may suggest softened food and a recheck after the procedure to ensure healing is on the right track. After your pets procedure is the perfect time for you to begin routine dental prevention.
Dental Rinses and Water Additives
Dental Rinses are great for washing away the debris and bacteria left on your pets mouth after eating.
Applied topically to the teeth after eating is an effective manner to help prevent the build up of tartar.
Take care in choosing your pets dental rinse as not all medications found over the counter are actually safe for your pets.
When choosing a dental rinse or water additive it is recommended to consult with your veterinarian about the products you may be considering.
Dental water additives are another way you can boost your pets chances of a healthy mouth.
Keep in mind when using this method to follow the instructions to ensure that your pet gets the proper dosage of these additives.
Chlorhexidine Dental Wipes are an easy way to maintain your pet's dental hygiene without brushing.
With a formula made for both cats and dogs, these wipes work to remove plaque and tartar buildup at its source.
Chlorhexidine works as an antimicrobial agent to kill the bacteria that cause plaque and tartar build-up. Additionally, because they eliminate bacteria that causes malodor, these wipes are excellent at reducing bad breath.
Stratford Chlorhexidine Dental wipes provide an antimicrobial agent that is crucial to maintaining healthy teeth and gums by preventing tooth decay and gingivitis. This package comes with fifty wipes to provide an ample supply of dental wipes for your pet. These dental wipes will ensure that your pet's teeth and gums stay safe from harmful bacterial, so order them today!