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Canine and Feline Oral Care at Fairview Veterinary Hospital: Cleaning, Repair, Consultation

Pug getting his teeth cleaned

Complete oral and dental care is vital to the health and well-being of your pet. Improper tooth and gum care can result in severe health consequences. Bacteria from plaque-related teeth and gum issues can spread and cause infections throughout your pet’s body.

Oral Assessments During Every Checkup

Keeping your pet’s mouth healthy can add years to their life. Your pet will receive a complete assessment of their teeth and gums to check for any dental issues at every annual wellness examination. Depending on the state of your pet’s oral health, a professional cleaning may be recommended.

Periodontal disease is a progressive infection that causes pain and loss of bone and is common, affecting up to 85 percent of pets by their third year of life. There is no cure for this condition, though it can be treated and controlled and is preventable with regular dental care.

Home Care

With time and patience, young pets can be trained to accept normal brushing and cleaning at home. Fairview veterinarians can teach you the proper procedures for maintaining the health and cleaning of your pet’s teeth and gums.

Anesthesia and Monitoring

Anesthesia can be important to help reduce your pet’s stress levels and keep them calm. Modern anesthetic technology is very safe. We use the same techniques and monitoring as we do during surgery to keep your pet’s blood pressure and breathing normal and stable.

We also monitor your pet throughout the entire procedure to prevent problems and maintain their comfort. We always keep pets at a healthy level of anesthesia, and quickly respond to all potential concerns.

Teeth Cleaning

While your pet is under anesthesia, we perform a thorough oral examination and cleaning. This process involves both hand scaling and high-technology ultrasonic techniques. Following surface cleaning, we clean any tartar and plaque from beneath the gum line.

After the cleaning is complete, we smooth and polish teeth to strengthen enamel and give your pet brighter and stronger teeth. Your pet will be kept comfortable and calm during this process.

X-Rays

We perform full mouth X-rays during every oral assessment and cleaning. While they are under anesthesia, we take X-rays of your pet’s mouth to check for the presence of bone loss or disease. The X-ray can help us diagnose and treat any issues.

Tooth Repair

Pets sometimes suffer damage to a tooth, which requires repair or removal. While cavities are extremely rare, dogs commonly suffer from fractured teeth. This damage can often be repaired with a bonded sealant. If tooth extraction is necessary, Fairview veterinarians are equipped to handle this as well.

Our veterinarians can address a range of tooth issues, including:

  • Tooth extractions
  • Tooth fractures
  • Tooth reabsorption for cats
  • Bonded sealants

Recovery

We provide follow-up care with monitoring of vitals and pain management during your pet’s recovery.

Managing your pet’s pain may include a number of options, including splash blocks (local anesthetic applied to the tooth socket), nerve blocks, and injectable medication. During your pet’s home recuperation, your veterinarian may prescribe analgesic medication.

On the Web

There are several excellent videos at AVMA TV that serve as pet oral care resources:

Other excellent resources for pet dental care include:

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