Experienced Veterinary Dental Care for Pets in Mississauga
Believe it or not, dental health problems are the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.
If you didn’t brush your teeth or receive any dental care for years and years, you would have dental problems too! You don’t want pain from sore gums, fractured teeth, or cavities, and neither does your pet.
If you see any difference between the condition of your teeth and your pet’s teeth, then please book an appointment for a dental assessment.
Your pet will live longer without chronic oral infection and pain, which require expensive and often unnecessary surgical correction.
Preventive Dental Care at Clarkson Village Animal Hospital
Preventive Dental Care Cost: About $449.17, depending on your pet’s needs.
We provide the following comprehensive preventive care for your pet:
- Basic oral examination
- Teeth cleaning
- Teeth polishing
- Probing the gums pockets for depth
- Assessing any teeth that seem problematic
- X-rays of the teeth
This is a very common and routine procedure, which we perform under light, safe general anesthetic and full monitoring. Humans are the only known animals to sit in a dentist’s chair and put up with these procedures. Pets are too smart for this!
For more advanced problems and when extractions are required, specialized training allows our surgeon to perform intricate oral surgery.
Digital Dental Radiography
During a routine cleaning of the teeth, we see the crown of the teeth and probe the gums for pockets; but most importantly, we use our digital dental x‐ray to see the roots of the teeth, and the bone supporting the roots.
We check for bone loss (periodontitis), infections, or any other abnormalities that would be impossible to see from just a look in the mouth. The radiographs are an indispensable tool for oral care. You simply cannot assess the roots of the teeth without dental x‐rays. Otherwise you are just looking at the tip of the iceberg.
Light General Anesthesia
Light general anesthetic is always required to perform a complete oral examination: to check the gum pockets and to scale and polish the insides, outsides, and between all teeth.
Anesthetic is individualized to each patient, and is exceedingly safe. With recent advances, anesthetic is now far safer than it was even a few years ago.
Local anesthetic (freezing), as well as potent pain control medications, is used to block painful sensations and help to keep your pet comfortable during and after the procedure. This helps to maintain a light level of general anesthesia.
The degree of risk associated with anesthesia is about the same as driving your pet in the car to the veterinary hospital. You are in very safe hands.
What Are the Signs of Oral Disease in My Pet?
You may be surprised, but a lot of dogs and cats do not show it when they are experiencing oral pain or disease.
Check your pet’s mouth for tartar buildup, swollen and red gums, and especially bad breath. The bad breath is from bacterial infection in the mouth. You can also keep an eye out for behavioural changes, such as differences in their usual eating and chewing.
At your pet’s annual checkup with us, we will evaluate his or her mouth, teeth, and gums for evidence of issues and to determine if dental care is needed.
Dental disease can also be a symptom of illness somewhere else in your pet’s body. An examination, often coupled with a laboratory assessment, will help diagnose any additional issues.
What Are the Common Oral Problems for Pets?
When food, tartar, and bacteria are left to fester in your pet’s mouth, they can develop gingivitis and periodontitis, among other problems. For example, oral disease can lead to problems in the organs due to the spread of bacteria through the bloodstream.
Dental care keeps pets healthy. Just ask your own dentist.
Gingivitis: Usually reversible inflammation of the gums.
Periodontitis: Results from untreated gingivitis and infection; painful, irreversible gum infection and destruction of tooth‐supporting bones. Can lead to tooth loss.
What Do You Mean There Are Bacteria in the Mouth?
Did you know that Red Cross will not accept you as a blood donor within 3 days of having your teeth cleaned? And did you know that a person with a heart murmur will be put on antibiotics before dental work is done? This is because of the bacteria in the mouth which are released into the bloodstream.
Dental disease, with infected gums and teeth, leads to bacterial infections which enter the blood stream and can cause serious kidney infections, liver disease, lung disease, and especially heart valve disease.
What Kind of Tools are Used to Clean My Pet’s Mouth?
We use an electric ultrasound dental scaler and high speed polisher. Don’t be surprised to find that these are exactly the same as you would see in your own dentist’s office.
But I Don’t Want My Pet to Lose Any Teeth!
Neither do we! That is why we recommend and demonstrate preventive measures you can begin at home such as brushing your pet’s teeth – starting as puppies and kittens. Dental diets, chews, and water additives are also helpful. We have these products available at the Clarkson Village Animal Hospital.
We strongly encourage regular dental scaling before your pet’s condition advances to become a more complicated, more painful, and much more expensive procedure. Once a tooth is destroyed, it is far better to remove it rather than to leave a source of pain and infection. Healthy gums are far better than infected painful teeth.
I Brush My Teeth – Should I Brush My Pet’s Teeth Too?
Yes! Brushing your pet’s teeth is an essential part of helping to prevent dental disease.
Animals in the Wild Don’t Go to the Dentist. Why Is this Necessary for My Pet?
In the wild, dogs and cats must carry on regardless of pain, because, no matter what, they must eat or they will die. In the wild, dogs and cats would never live to the high teens or early twenties as our pets commonly do.
Your pet’s healthcare is up to you. We can discuss with you what is best for your pet’s health, and you can decide what you wish to do for your pet. Your pet needs you to make the decisions, as they cannot act for themselves.