Dental disease is the most common illness encountered in veterinary medicine today and affects 9 out of 10 pets. Unfortunately, it is also the most under-treated disease. Pets often live for years with painful gingivitis or even severe tooth infections without noticeable clinical signs to their owner. Dental disease puts tremendous demands on your pet’s organs, weakening the liver, kidneys, and heart. This additional stress can affect your pet’s happiness and shorten their life expectancy.
At your pet’s yearly wellness examination, we will evaluate the mouth for signs of disease. We will discuss preventative at-home oral care steps, such as brushing and the use of dental treats/chew. If appropriate, a dental procedure referred to as a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment (COHAT) may be recommended. This anesthetic procedure allows for a thorough examination of the oral cavity, removal of tartar and plaque through use of an ultrasonic scaler, dental radiographs (x-rays) to evaluate for disease below the gum line, and treatment of any problem teeth (e.g., bonding, tooth extraction).
Our ultimate goal is to help manage your pet’s oral health to prevent development of disease and pain. We believe this will lead to happier pets and happier owners!