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We do not call our dental care a cleaning or just a dental because your pets teeth need a range of diagnostics and treatments to stay healthy. Our Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT) includes the following:
An oral examination including the tongue and lips
A full set of dental radiographs
Charting and thorough evaluation of each tooth
An antibacterial oral rinse
Scaling the teeth clean above the gum line
Scaling the teeth clean below the gum line
Polishing the teeth removes scratches from cleaning
Flushing debris out from below the gum line
Extractions surgery to remove painful teeth
Post extractions radiographs and suturing
Monitoring of dental health
Periodontal health is evaluated during every comprehensive exam. Periodontal disease can damage far more than your pet’s teeth as it spread bacteria through their bodies and causes constant pain and inflammation. Pain from broken teeth and oral disease often goes unnoticed at home because cats and dogs continue to eat and exercise with dental pain, but they often act more energetic and playful when the disease is treated.
Dental homecare recommendations
Homecare slows the progression of dental disease improving your pet’s health and reducing your costs. Brushing is easier for everyone when you have the right bribe, learn how to teach your pet to come beg for their favorite treat, the toothbrush. Supplement brushing with water additives, oral gels and special chews, a VOHC symbol is a good sign it has been tested. Feed a prescription diet that helps clean their teeth diet, the larger kibble size and fiber is one of the properties that helps clean scrape the sides of their teeth as they chew.
Most dental disease is hidden under the gum line and can only be identified and treated if radiographs of your pet’s entire mouth are taken during every dental procedure. Radiographs helps us detect tooth fractures, infections and mouth cancers early and are vital for confirming all roots were removed from extracted teeth. We review these films at the end of your pet’s dental treatment to show you the stage of periodontal disease and explain the treatments performed.