Good dental care plays a crucial role in the quality of your pet’s life. Dental disease is one of the most common health problems we see in adult cats and dogs. More than just bad breath, dental disease can cause pain, tooth/bone loss, infection, and affect internal organ function. The bacteria that resides in the mouth is a readily available source of infection for the rest of the body. Liver, kidney, and heart function can suffer from untreated oral disease. Dental disease is present in at least 85% of patients over the age of 3 years. At NKVH, we are very proactive in treating dental disease and preventing long term ill side effects from lack of dental care. Proper care in animals is much the same as dental care in humans. Six month oral exams, routine dental cleanings and home care are all very important in prevention of disease.
As part of regular physical examinations, our veterinarians evaluate the teeth and gums, recommending dental cleaning when needed. All dental procedures are performed under general anesthesia. We use an ultrasonic scaler to clean the teeth and finish with a polish with flavored toothpaste. All dental patients are carefully monitored during and after the procedure, and pain medication is given when necessary to help ensure that your pet is pain free after his/her procedure.
Dental care does not stop once the cleaning is completed. Routine dental care at home is a must to keep your pet happy and healthy. Most pets can easily be taught to enjoy home dental care. At release, we will discuss the best dental care products for your pet and show you how to care for his or her teeth at home.