Dental Care Is Important
The importance of dental health cannot be over-emphasized. Like people, pets develop plaque and tartar which leads to disease and infection. Untreated, this affects the entire body, eventually lowering the quality of life. We take the oral healthcare of our patients very seriously and offer a wide range of state-of-the-art dental services.
Our Doctors Are Well Trained
Dr. Jennifer Edwards has extensive dental experience and has obtained advanced training including study with a board certified dental specialist. This training solidified her knowledge and techniques as well as gave her more advanced techniques such as bonded sealants. She is regarded as one of the more highly trained general practitioners in dentistry in our area. When needed she is also happy to offer a referral if your pet’s condition requires treatment by a specialist.
Dental Disease Hurts
“People don’t notice a pet’s dental pain. They notice the absence of pain once it’s treated.” Dental disease is painful but our beloved pets cannot tell us. Over 50% of pets over the age of 5 have painful dental disease and 95% of these pets will show NO clinical signs. Their owners have no idea. However, once we treat them, we often have pet parents report an energy and interaction they have not seen in a very long time.
Thorough Evaluations Are A Must
A visual dental exam should be done at least once a year during the wellness visit. With knowledgable eyes, this can identify some dental problems such as fractured teeth, tartar or loose teeth. However, most dental disease is hidden so it is also important to have a thorough dental evaluation including x-rays under anesthesia. The teeth can be examined more thoroughly than when awake and they are cleaned and polished. We use a high quality ultrasonic scaler which allows us to scale under the gum line safely and more effectively than traditional hand scaling.
Dental X-Rays Are Essential
“As needed x-rays” are an oxymoron. You don’t know if it was needed until after it is done.
We use digital radiography to assess teeth for disease such as abscess, bone loss, fracture or tooth resorption. X-rays are an included part of every one of our dental procedures because otherwise we have no idea if disease is present. Over 80% of dental disease is hidden under the gum line and not visible. We often find painful dental disease that would have gone untreated if dental x-rays had not been done.
Anesthesia is Necessary
There is no benefit to “anesthesia free dentistry.” Without anesthesia, you cannot take x-rays or clean under the gum line, the two most important parts of any dental procedure. It provides no protection against periodontal disease and requires your pet to be stressed and restrained while visible tartar is removed. It is not fair to put your beloved dog or cat through this process which ultimately provides little to no benefit. Please visit the American Veterinary Dental College website for more information on this topic.
We Manage Their Pain
We use a combination of methods including pre-procedure injections, numbing the affected teeth, post-procedure injections and pain medication sent home to thoroughly manage pain from start to finish.
Home Care Is Important Too
In addition to our quality dental services, we recommend dental care at home. Tooth brushing is ideal but not always possible. We have many options for both cats and dogs to help keep their teeth healthy. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff would be happy to discuss these options with you. Together we will work to help your fur baby enjoy a lifetime of good oral health.