dog dentistDental care is an important part of your dog or cat’s wellness, and professional dental treatments are among the most common procedures we perform. We will perform an oral examination during your pet’s annual Preventative Care Exam and determine if a dental cleaning or treatment is needed. In general, cats and smaller breed dogs develop tartar and advanced dental disease at quicker rates than larger dog breeds.

Dental cleanings are done under general anesthesia to treat tartar and periodontal disease. We recommend a dental cleaning early on when dental tartar and calculus is noticed. Under anesthesia, a complete oral exam is used to determine the health and integrity of each individual tooth. An accurate chart is made of all teeth checking for mobility, fractures, malocclusion and periodontal disease. We remove plaque and tartar using hand instruments and power scaling equipment. At the end of your pets dentistry visit, all teeth are polished to leave your dog or cat with fresh white teeth.

Oral surgery is sometimes necessary for patients suffering from a more advanced dental disease. At West Ballantyne Animal Hospital, we have the trained pet dentistry professionals and appropriate equipment to handle advanced dental procedures. Surgery can be performed to treat periodontal disease, tooth root abscesses, stomatitis, oral masses, and crown fractures and resorptive lesions.

At-Home Dental Care

Regular home dental care will help prevent the buildup of plaque on your pet’s teeth. Brushing your cat or dog’s teeth on a daily basis is the best way to significantly reduce the buildup of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is an accumulation of bacteria that can lead to periodontitis if ignored. Periodontitis causes pain and chronic oral infections that will eventually loosen and destroy the teeth, possibly leading to bone loss. Unfortunately, not all pets are willing to let you brush their teeth. But don’t worry – we have other options including rinses, chews, and specialized food that can also help. Just talk to our staff to learn what is best for your pet’s pearly whites!

Signs of Oral & Dental Disease in Your Pet

  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Discoloration and/or buildup of tartar on teeth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Your pet doesn’t allow you to touch him or her around the mouth
  • Red, inflamed, irritated gums
  • Has difficulty playing with chew toys

Please call us immediately to schedule a dog or cat dental care exam if your pet shows signs of any of the above symptoms.