Dental health is an important part of the overall health of our patients. Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.
Common signs of dental disease include:
- Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
- Loose teeth
Even if your dog or cat doesn’t have these symptoms we recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery.
Dental disease also affects other organs in the body. Bacteria in the mouth gets into the bloodstream and causes infection in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. If these problems aren’t caught and treated quickly enough they can seriously affect the overall health of your pet. A physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if infection in the mouth has spread.
We offer comprehensive preventative and therapeutic dental procedures. Our cleaning procedure consists of a thorough oral exam, above and below the gum line ultrasonic scaling, hand scaling, polishing and fluoride treatment.
Digital dental x-rays are taken to detect tooth problems under the gum line and in the bone.
In addition we offer surgical extractions, sealants, periodontal therapies, and oral surgery. Dr. Jensen’s advanced training and professional interest in dentistry surpasses the norm.
Schedule your pet’s dental exam today! We can also help show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup.