Pet Dental Care:

Your Pet’s Breath Could Be Telling You Something

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"Dog breath" stinks more than you think. In fact, it often is a sign of dental disease. We believe that one of the most crucial elements in your pets' overall health care is attention to dental disease. Regular dental care improves the quality of life and increases the length of life.

Did you know that once pets reach the age of 3, more than 70% will have some form of oral disease? If left undetected, this potentially painful condition can lead to even more serious health consequences. Infections can be spread via a tooth root into the bloodstream, eventually leading to major organ damage.

Here are some of the warning signs that could signal your pet is experiencing an oral issue:

  • Difficulty eating
  • Soreness around the oral cavity
  • Odor coming from the mouth
  • Unusual drooling
  • Trouble swallowing

If your pet is displaying any of these symptoms, please bring him or her in right away. The sooner a pet dental issue is treated, the better—for your pet's comfort and overall health.

Read about our new Non-Anesthetic Dental Care.

Pet Dental Exams

Each time your pet has a wellness exam, our veterinarians will carefully inspect his or her teeth, gums, and oral cavity. These exams should take place annually until the age of 7, when pets become seniors and begin having semi-annual check-ups.

During each oral exam, our veterinarians will grade your pet’s level of dental disease. If your pet’s mouth is healthy, then we will discuss preventive measures you can take to keep it that way—from brushing your pet’s teeth to special dental chews and treats. We are pleased to offer these products in-house for your convenience.

If there is an accumulation of plaque and tartar, or signs of gingivitis, then a professional pet teeth cleaning may be in order. Our skilled veterinary staff will provide this service with the utmost care.

Veterinary Dentistry Services

In order to perform a dental cleaning, your pet will have to be placed under anesthesia. We have extensive safety measures in place—the same ones we use when performing veterinary surgery—to protect your pet throughout the procedure.

Columbia Pike Animal Hospital is equipped with only the highest quality pet dental equipment. Our professional staff uses an ultrasonic scaler to clean each tooth thoroughly—both above and below the gum line. Your pet’s teeth are then polished to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface that is more resistant to plaque buildup. Because our polish is infused with fluoride, it also helps to strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.

While your pet is anesthetized, our veterinarians will use digital dental X-ray technology to detect any additional oral issues that may be present below the gum line. Should a diseased tooth or root be diagnosed, then more advanced veterinary care will be provided.

If your pet is especially prone to oral disease, whether it’s due to aging, genetics, or other health reasons, our veterinarians may recommend dental supplements or a special dental prescription diet. We will work with you to ensure that your pet receives the individualized care necessary to achieve optimal oral health.

Now offering dental surface cleaning without anesthesia for routine maintenance care! Learn more about this service here.

Dental Deep Cleaning Package

We offer a wide variety of preventive and corrective dental services ranging from tooth brushing, anesthesia-free maintenance surface cleaning, diagnostic x-rays to advanced procedures such as oral surgery.

An annual Dental Assessment and Deep Cleaning is your pet’s best protection against progressive periodontal disease. The Dental Deep cleaning is so much more than just cleaning teeth. Dental x-rays, probing each tooth and in-depth charting are part of our standard process. Your experienced veterinarian wants to stop oral disease—and other associated illnesses caused by unhealthy gums—before it starts.

Dental Deep Cleaning Package includes:

  • Full physical exam
  • IV catheter and fluids during the procedure
  • General Anesthesia
  • Scaling and polishing of pet’s teeth with a ultrasonic scaler and high-speed polisher
  • Vitals (or Heart Rate) monitoring—prior to and during anesthesia and at recovery
  • Daytime hospitalization
  • Nursing care by trained and experienced technicians

Dental Deep Cleaning

*For health and safety reasons, current vaccinations and a current exam that has been done by a veterinarian here are required.

*Extractions, dental x-rays, additional services, or procedures other than what is listed above and medications are NOT included in our Routine Dental Cleaning Package; thus will be an additional expense.

*You can’t always see dental problems when they occur UNDER the gums. This is why Dental X-Rays are an important diagnostic tool.