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A recent study revealed that 80% of pets over 2 years of age have some degree of dental disease. Pets have similar development and progression of tooth decay as we do. Plaque and tartar build up on the tooth surface after each meal. If left untreated, gingivitis, periodontal disease and tooth loss will occur.

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.

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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:

  1. Blood Tests- A blood sample will be taken to assess red blood cell numbers, blood sugar, kidney, and liver status. Any abnormalities can be addressed immediately.
  2. Pre-op Medications- Your pet will receive a pre-anesthetic medication that will help to relax the patient and allow for a smooth anesthetic procedure. An antibiotic will also be administered to prevent the spread of bacteria in the bloodstream.
  3. Dental Cleaning- General anesthesia is monitored by our veterinary nurses. Heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, ECG, blood pressure, and blood oxygen concentration are measured during the cleaning. Ultrasonic scaling is used to remove tartar and debris. Each tooth is evaluated for stability, deep pockets along the gums, and root exposure. Compromised teeth can be extracted at this time. Each tooth is individually polished with a low speed polisher.
  4. Medications – All patients are sent home with oral antibiotics to prevent systemic infections after dental cleanings. If extractions are necessary, local nerve blocks and injectable pain medication will be given. We also dispense oral pain medication to go home to ensure continued comfort.
  5. Recovery and Discharge- Your pet will be attended to and monitored by a staff member during the time he or she is recovering from the anesthetic. A nurse will meet with you to explain medications and aftercare instructions and to discuss home dental care options.

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.

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