Dental hygiene plays an important part in your pet’s overall health. If not properly cared for, your pet’s teeth and gums can become a haven for dangerous bacteria which can eventually lead to dental disease, a condition that affects the entire body. Pets with healthy mouths can live up to two years longer. So how can you know if your pet’s mouth is healthy? Well, if you haven’t made a commitment to dental care, chances are it’s not. Let us examine your pet’s teeth and gums to help determine if there are any dental issues you should know about. After a brief visual examination, we may recommend a more detailed examination (which requires anesthesia), a complete oral exam with dental cleaning and x-rays, or options for at-home dental care.
Just like with our surgery patients, if a dental cleaning under anesthesia is needed we do a physical exam and laboratory test to make sure they are healthy enough for anesthesia and to allow us to customize an anesthesia and pain management plan. Our dental equipment is identical to what you would find in your dentist's office. If an extraction or oral surgery is needed we use local anesthesia to numb the area and allow the pet to wake up pain-free.
We want to help your pet live a long, healthy life, and we believe that maintaining a healthy mouth is part of that. Together we will work hard to help your companion enjoy a lifetime of good dental health.