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What Happens When My Pet's Teeth Are Cleaned?
Often overlooked, dental care is essential to not only the health of your pet’s teeth, but also their overall health. Just like with humans, neglecting a pet’s oral hygiene and dental healthcare can result in serious problems that threaten their entire wellbeing. It’s important for pet owners to provide oral care at-home by brushing their pets’ teeth and providing dental-friendly treats and toys, but it’s also essential that pets receive professional dental care, too.
What Does a Professional Dental Cleaning and Examination Entail?
Pet dental cleanings and examinations are similar to a dental check up for a person. During a dental exam, our veterinarian will closely inspect the health of your pet’s teeth, gums, and other oral structures, looking for signs of periodontal disease, tooth decay, and infection. We’ll also thoroughly clean and polish your pet’s teeth to remove the harmful build up of plaque and tartar from their surface, using tools similar to those used at your dentist’s office.
The primary difference between a pet’s dental appointment and a human’s is that pet dental cleanings and exams take place under deep sedation. Pets have their teeth cleaned under general anesthesia to ensure their safety and the veterinarian’s ability to thoroughly clean and examine their teeth. Before administering anesthesia, we’ll always perform a complete physical evaluation and run a blood panel to ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia.
If more serious problems are detected during your pet’s examination, we might recommend further treatment, such as a tooth extraction. During your pet’s dental appointment, we might also take dental x-rays (radiographs), which allow our veterinarian to examine the internal structures of your pet’s teeth, jaw bones, and mouth.
The Importance of Digital Dental X-Rays
At TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic, we focus on preventing problems when possible and early diagnosis before medical concerns develop into more serious, extensive problems. Regular dental cleanings and dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential to facilitating these preventative and diagnostic measures.
Dental x-rays, specifically, allow our veterinarians to see and diagnose oral health problems that might not be visible to the naked eye because they’re occurring either inside a tooth or below the gum line. These types of problems can include infections, abscesses, cavities, bone loss, and more. By detecting and treating these concerns early, we’re able to prevent your pet from suffering more serious and painful diseases.
Experience the Dental Difference at TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic
At TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic, we offer pet patients complete, comprehensive dental services including dental exams, professional cleanings, and dental radiographs. For more information about professional dental care for your pet, contact our office today.