Dental care is an extremely important part of cats' and dogs' oral and overall health, but most pets don't get the dental care they need to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
At our Brodheadsville veterinary clinic, we provide veterinary dentistry care for your pet. From basic procedures such as dental exams, teeth cleanings, and polishing, to dental x-rays and surgeries, our veterinary team has the comprehensive dental services your pet needs for good health.
We also make a point of providing dental health education to pet owners about home dental care for their pets.
At Brodheadsville Veterinary Clinic, we perform procedures including tooth extractions, and offer gum disease treatment for dogs and cats.
Like your own annual dental checkup, it's important for your dog or cat to be examined by a professional dental provider at least once a year. Pets who are more prone to dental problems than others may need to see us more often.
Brodheadsville Veterinary Clinic veterinary dentistry team can assess, diagnose and treat dental health problems in cats and dogs.
If you observe any of the following signs in your pet, it's time for a dental checkup.
Before anesthesia is administered, a thorough physical assessment will be completed on your pet before the dental exam.
We will take blood and urine analyses to ensure your pet can safely undergo anesthesia. Additional diagnostics, such as chest radiographs or an ECG may also be conducted.
Once your pet is under anesthesia, we will conduct a complete oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting.
Your pet's teeth are cleaned and polished (including under the gum line) and x-rays are taken before we apply a fluoride treatment to each tooth.
Finally, we apply a dental sealant to prevent plaque from attaching to the enamel. If advanced periodontal disease is found during your pet's examination and/or cleaning, the veterinarian will develop a treatment plan and discuss it with you.
A follow-up examination should ideally be scheduled about two weeks after the initial assessment and treatment appointment.
During this visit, we will discuss implementing teeth brushing at home. We can also recommend products that can help improve your pet's oral health.
Below, we answer some frequently asked questions from our clients about pet dental care.
A consequence of poor oral health for our pets can include the development of periodontal disease or tooth decay.
Just like in humans, when animals eat, plaque sticks to their teeth and can build up into tartar if not brushed away regularly.
Tartar buildup can lead to oral infections, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even loose or missing teeth. Regular dental care is essential to preventing pain or gum disease in our beloved pets.
Did you know that behavioral changes may be an indication of oral health problems? If your pet is experiencing dental problems, you may notice excessive drooling (which may contain pus or blood), or you might see your pet pawing at their mouth or teeth. They may also yawn excessively, grind their teeth, or stop grooming sufficiently.
Other signs of oral health problems include bad breath, swollen gums, and discolored teeth. Some pets may be reluctant to eat because of oral pain, which is a cause for concern. Read more about symptoms to the left under Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams.
Besides causing problems like cavities and bad breath to severe periodontal disease, oral health issues and conditions can lead to disease in the liver, kidney, heart, and other areas throughout your pet's body.
Your pet may feel generally unwell (if you've ever had a toothache, you know how it can affect your mood!), in addition to experiencing significant pain and a potentially shortened lifespan.
This is why regular dental care is so essential to animals' physical health and wellbeing.
During your pet’s regular oral exam, the vet will examine your pet's mouth and look for oral health conditions or any symptoms needing treatment.
The vet removes tartar and other debris from your cat's or dog's teeth. If cavities, gingivitis, or other conditions are found, the vet will explain these to you and provide advice on which actions you should take.
In some cases, surgery will be needed to treat a more serious oral health concern. Your pet will be provided with anesthesia before their dental procedure to ensure they are comfortable and do not experience any pain. Special care will be needed for your pet post-surgery.
At home, you should regularly brush your pet's teeth and give them dental chew toys. These strategies can help eliminate plaque.
Ensure that they don't chew on things that will damage their teeth, such as bones, toys, or objects that are too hard. If you have questions or concerns regarding your pet's oral health, contact your vet right away.
Cats and dogs are unable to understand what is happening to them during dental procedures, and will often react by struggling or biting.
Similar to the anesthesia provided to nervous or anxious human patients by dentists, our Brodheadsville vets provide anesthesia to all of our animal patients before carrying out dental procedures. This puts less stress on the animals and allows us to x-ray their mouth as needed.
At Brodheadsville Veterinary Clinic, we are always accepting new patients. Our veterinarians' experience and passion for animal medicine makes all the difference to your pet's care. Contact us today to schedule your pet's first appointment!