I know we love our pets and the very best way we can help them to live better, longer, happier lives is through good dental health! We offer anesthesia as well as anesthesia-free dentals for your cat or dog. Please read the information below to understand more about why dentals are so important for your pets' health!
AMA Declares Dental Disease Associated with Heart Disease
For at least three decades the veterinary profession has told people that their pets are in danger of heart, liver, and kidney disease if their pets' dental health is not addressed. In recent years, the American Medical Association has finally responded in kind. Of course human dentists are tickled, but we in the veterinary arena can just say "I told you so."
Advances in the dental profession include things like panoramic x-rays, dental reconstructive surgery, orthodontia, etc. In this realm, the veterinary profession is still somewhat behind, but here at Animal Central we have the capability to perform dental x-rays, pulpotomies, root planning, and rountine dentistries and extractions as well.
So, if your puppy or kitty knocks you over when they breathe on you, does not seem happy when you mess with their face, is not eating well, or their gums are red and angry looking.........call us for a FREE dental examination!
The Importance of Dental X-Rays
As with any other form of radiology, dental x-rays are utilized to see what we, with the human eye, cannot see. While the health of a tooth's root may not be visible by simply looking at an animalís mouth, evidence can be clearly seen upon evaluation of an x-ray.
Dental x-rays are useful in many aspects of dental care for pets including the decision for necessary treatment options. X-rays also allow us to see inside the tooth, enabling us to know if a tooth has damage, fractures, or has become diseased. For an owner, dental x-rays can assist in providing explanation of why a procedure was done on their pet such as an extraction or removal of a tooth.
Dental x-rays are able to assist in determining tooth stability and jaw attachment as well. Facial swelling, especially around the mouth, is a common indicator of a tooth abscess, in which dental x-rays are commonly used to determine which tooth has the abscess and the health of the surrounding teeth. Radiographs may even provide evidence as to why a tooth is missing or to ensure that all parts of a tooth have been removed.
Other reasons for dental x-rays include trauma, foreign body, or a growth, such as cancer. Your petís dental health is a major part of their overall health and care. Providing your pet with good dental care allows you to continue to receive puppy and kitty kisses later in life and increase the life span of your pet.
Routine Dental Prophylaxis Ė With General Anesthesia
Your petís dental health is of upmost importance to their general overall well being. While home care is extremely important, routine dental prophylaxis must be completed in order to perform a full oral examination and cleaning of your petís teeth and mouth including ultrasonic scaling, polishing, examination for any possible growths, dental x-rays, and gingival probing as part of an evaluation of gum tissue. Procedures such as root canals and extractions also require general anesthesia for even the most patient and placid of animals.
The amount of time between cleanings will vary depending on many factors including breed, diet, home dental care, underlying medical conditions, and your individual pet. Indications that routine dental prophylaxis may be necessary include bad breath, tartar buildup, teeth showing signs of mobility, inflammation of gums, decreased appetite associated with oral pain and/or fractured teeth. Many owners report that their pet acts younger, more energetic, and exuberant following routine dental prophylaxis.
Remember that healthier teeth equal happier, healthier pets!
Anesthesia-free dentals are dentals done without the use of anesthesia. Ideally regular dental prophylaxis with anesthesia is more thorough and provides a more complete evaluation and cleaning of your pet's teeth. Patients have to be of the right temperament and hold still while their mouth is being manipulated. Aggressive or timid animals may not be good candidates for this procedure.
Of course, anesthesia is needed for dental problems including extractions, tooth fractures, root canals, and painful tooth and gum disease. We always provide prophylactic antibiotics prior to cleaning the teeth to prevent bacterial infection to other organs. The importance of dental care has been shown to increase the life span of your pet by years.
We offer anesthesia-free dental prophylaxis on the second Saturday each month...call to schedule your appointment today!
Dr. Stroberg carefully checks each dog on every team as one of the head veterinarians of the Iditarod.