DENTAL CARE FOR PETS
Many pet owners are surprised to find out that their pet needs dental care. Imagine though if we never brushed or flossed our teeth, and never went to the dentist! In fact, periodontal disease is the most common infection we see in our pets, affecting 85% of dogs and cats over the age of three years. Periodontal disease is the gradual loss over time of the supporting structures of the teeth. It starts with the formation of plaque which turns quickly to tartar on the tooth surface, and more importantly under the gum line. Left to progress, the gum, bone and other structures surrounding the tooth recede eventually resulting in the loss of the affected teeth. Fortunately, there are things that can be done both at home and in the hospital to prevent the progression of this disease.
There are many things the you can do for your pet at home to help prevent the progression of periodontal disease. Without a doubt, the best thing is to brush their teeth on a daily basis. However, for some pet owners this is not possible. There are other things that can be done. These include choosing a specially formulated food, providing your pet with enzymatic chews and adding dental care additives to the water. Ask us which products are safe to use as there are many to choose from. Never use a toothpaste formulated for people in your pet's mouth pets will swallow and ingest a toothpaste high in fluoride and detergents. We would be happy to help you get started with some tips for toothbrushing at home. For more information on brushing your pet's teeth, click here.
Complete Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT) - Previously called a 'Dental Prophylactic" Procedure
The length of time for this procedure will vary, as will the cost, depending on the stage of periodontal disease. We do have a Special Stage 1 Dental Package to promote and maintain dental health when it will most benefit the pet - early in the disease progression. Stage 1 Periodontal Disease is the only stage that is reversible with professional cleaning and homecare. Please call the hospital for details.
Dr. Hiscox is a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. Membership in this organization requires advanced veterinary dental training and passing an examination demonstrating knowledge in advanced veterinary dental procedures. Included in advanced veterinary dentistry are such procedures as root canal (endodontics) restoration of enamel and dentin defects (broken and chipped teeth) and periodontal disease (oral infections) treatment for oral trauma (including broken jaws). Please visit our facebook page see examples of a recent root canal procedure. Please also visit the website of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry to learn more about this organization. http://www.avdonline.org/index.html