It is estimated that up to 80% of dogs and cats have periodontal disease by 2-3 years of age. An active case of periodontal disease leaches disease causing bacteria into the bloodstream which can lead to a variety of health problems resulting in damage to critical organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys; as well as causing bad breath and significant discomfort for your pet. Over time, as periodontal disease is left untreated, gingivitis sets in, the gums can detach from the surface of the tooth, the supporting bone structure is eroded away and the tooth can eventually abscess or loosen. This is why it is critically important to maintain the health of your pet’s teeth. This can be done through a variety of ways including daily brushing (ideal and considered the “gold standard”), feeding of dental diets and the use of dental chews. However, it is important to note that none of these are an adequate substitute for a complete professional dental cleaning. A professional cleaning is usually needed at least once a year in most animals after the age of 3.
Our dental procedure here at Raintree Pet Resort and Medical Center follows the strict guidelines outlined by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC). They are designed to provide your pet with the thorough care required to ensure a proper dental cleaning. Non-anesthesia dentals have become somewhat of a trend over the years, but it is important to note that 60% of your pet’s tooth structure is below the gum line and therefore cannot be properly assessed or evaluated without the use of anesthesia and dental x-rays. According to the AVDC, the most critical component of a dental scaling procedure is cleaning the space between the gum and root of the tooth where periodontal disease is active. Performing this procedure in an un-anesthetized dog or cat is impossible. This is why it is only appropriate that a professional veterinary team perform this procedure with the aid of general anesthesia. So called ‘anesthesia free’ dentistry is inappropriate and can be risky for your pet.
We offer a comprehensive dentistry package that includes:
- A preoperative blood profile
- IV catheter and fluid support
- General anesthesia
- Complete cleaning and polishing of the teeth
- Sub-gingival curettage
- Full mouth intra-oral dental x-rays
- Post cleaning fluoride treatment
- Post cleaning healing laser therapy to minimize inflammation and gingivitis