Your pet’s dental health is of upmost importance to their general overall well being. While home care is extremely important, routine dental prophylaxis must be completed in order to perform a full oral examination and cleaning of your pet’s teeth and mouth including ultrasonic scaling, polishing, examination for any possible growths, dental x-rays, and gingival probing as part of an evaluation of gum tissue. Procedures such as root canals and extractions also require general anesthesia for even the most patient and placid of animals. The amount of time between cleanings will vary depending on many factors including breed, diet, home dental care, underlying medical conditions, and your individual pet. Indications that routine dental prophylaxis may be necessary include bad breath, tartar buildup, teeth showing signs of mobility, inflammation of gums, decreased appetite associated with oral pain and/or fractured teeth. Many owners report that their pet acts younger, more energetic, and exuberant following routine dental prophylaxis. Remember that healthier teeth equal happier, healthier pets!
Ask us at Animal Central for more information on the benefits of routine dental prophylaxis for your pet or visit:
Dr. George Stroberg, DVM and Staff