Dental care is more than a beautiful smile and fresh breath, it is one of the most important areas contributing to long and healthy pet lives.
Chestermere Veterinary Clinic follows the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) guidelines for full anesthetic dental cleanings to ensure thorough oral health is accomplished.
Learn more about the risks of anesthesia free dentistry.
We also use digital dental radiology to see below the gumline in order to best address oral health concerns.
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Dental care is crucial for your pet’s overall health and well-being. Just like in humans, dental issues in pets can lead to pain, infections, and even systemic health problems. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings help prevent dental diseases and promote good oral hygiene.
Watch out for signs such as bad breath, excessive drooling, difficulty eating, pawing at the mouth, visible tartar buildup, red or swollen gums, and loose or missing teeth. If you notice any of these signs, it’s essential to schedule a dental examination for your pet.
The frequency of dental check-ups varies depending on your pet’s age, breed, and overall oral health. Generally, it is recommended to have a dental examination at least once a year. However, some pets may require more frequent visits if they are prone to dental issues.
During a dental check-up, a veterinarian will perform a thorough oral examination to assess the condition of your pet’s teeth and gums. They may also use x-rays to examine hidden areas below the gumline. If necessary, they will recommend dental cleaning or any other procedures needed to address dental problems.
Yes, most dental procedures for pets require general anesthesia. Anesthesia ensures your pet remains still and comfortable during the process, allowing the veterinarian to perform a comprehensive cleaning and address any dental issues without causing stress or pain to your pet.
Modern anesthesia is considered safe for pets when administered by trained professionals. Before any procedure, your pet will undergo a thorough pre-anesthetic evaluation to ensure they are healthy enough for anesthesia. During the procedure, the pet will be closely monitored by veterinary staff.
Dental cleaning for pets is similar to the process used in humans. It involves removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and below the gumline. The veterinarian will use specialized dental instruments and equipment to clean and polish the teeth, addressing any dental issues along the way.
While dental procedures for pets are generally safe, there are some risks associated with anesthesia. However, these risks are minimal, and the benefits of addressing dental issues far outweigh the risks involved. Your veterinarian will take all necessary precautions to ensure your pet’s safety during the procedure.
Regular dental care at home is essential to maintain your pet’s oral health. Brush your pet’s teeth regularly using a pet-specific toothbrush and toothpaste. Offer dental chews and toys designed to promote oral hygiene. Additionally, provide a balanced diet and avoid sugary treats that can contribute to dental issues.
Your veterinarian will determine if your pet requires any additional dental procedures during the check-up. If there are signs of dental disease or other issues, they will discuss the treatment options and create a tailored plan to address your pet’s specific needs.
Remember, always consult with a qualified veterinarian for personalized advice regarding your pet’s dental health and care.
Our doctors and technicians are skilled to provide scaling, polishing and extractions while ensuring your pet experiences minimal pain and optimal outcome!