At Village Veterinary Practice, we care about your pet's well being and home care as much as their medical health. Below you will find some articles that we have written to help you take care of your pet.
Plaque is a colorless film that contains extremely high amounts of bacteria. When plaque hardens it becomes a thick, mineralized substance called tartar. As plaque and tartar continue to build up on the tooth’s surface, the gingiva (gums) will become inflamed and swollen. This process is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is reversible with a professional dental cleaning.
If a dental cleaning is not performed, the tartar will continue to build up on the tooth’s surface and slowly push the gingiva and surrounding ligaments away from the tooth until the tooth becomes diseased or loose. This stage of dental disease is called periodontitis and is not reversible. Typically, at this stage of the disease, the affected tooth or teeth will need to be extracted. Tooth loss is not the only negative effect of periodontitis. When severe dental disease is present, bacteria from the mouth can travel into the bloodstream and can potentially cause permanent damage to vital organs such as the heart, liver, or kidneys.
Home dental care and timely dental cleanings here at Village Veterinary Practice will keep dental disease in check. Your pet's examinations are important in detecting dental problems. The doctors and nurses can help choose the right home dental care program and schedule cleanings when necessary.
Village Veterinary Practice uses the same dental techniques and equipment that your dentist uses. The use of general anesthesia allows for a thorough, safe, and stress free procedure. This is what will happen the morning of the dental cleaning:
Routine home dental care and veterinary cleanings will improve your pet's health and well being. Studies show that we can actually increase a pet’s life expectancy by maintaining a healthy mouth! The Veterinarians and Staff at Village Veterinary Practice will do our best to help you make the right decisions for you and your pet.
Please call our staff if you should have any questions or if you are interested in scheduling a dental cleaning for your pet.