Understanding the Importance of Pet Dentistry
As humans, we know how very important it is to maintain good oral hygiene. We visit our dentist twice a year, brush our teeth 3 times a day, floss regularly, and use mouth wash. It is a lot to do and remember but it soon becomes a habit to us. These same habits that we form for ourselves also need to be incorporated into our pet’s lives. Both cats and dogs form tarter on their teeth in the same way that we form tartar on our teeth.
If we did not maintain our oral hygiene, we would start noticing inflamed or swollen gums, bad breath, tooth decay, bone loss, discomfort in our mouths, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and damage to our vital organs as they work harder to filter the bacteria we swallow from our mouths. This same process applies to our
Genoa Animal Hospital offers a pet dentistry program that teaches you how to maintain the oral health of your pet. We teach you the basics such as how to brush the teeth, which foods to feed and alternative methods of oral hygiene. Since our
Digital Oral X-Rays
Tartar and plaque can hide problems and concerns with our pet’s teeth. A good oral examination once tartar has been removed can uncover concerns. Tartar has a way of creating deep pockets which enables the tartar to get underneath the gum tissue and start to deteriorate the tooth root. X-rays are then needed to help see what we cannot. These films can tell us how stable a root is and if there are any pockets around the root that might be harboring bacteria. X-rays are also recommended for teeth that are fractured and discolored, as the tooth root can start to become absorbed. The X-rays technology is important when oral or facial swelling occurs. Tooth roots that are not stable and are deteriorating can cause abscessing and tooth loss; it is recommended that these teeth are extracted.
Oral Surgery is performed to remove diseased teeth that are not yet loose.
What To Expect
We use a grading scale that helps us evaluate the hygienic status of your pet’s mouth. The grading scale has four levels:
Grade Zero: No Tartar and No Gingivitis
Routine cleanings and/or home care can maintain this grade.
Mild Tartar with or without Mild Gingivitis
Gums may appear inflamed and swollen. There is a small amount of tartar on the teeth. Routine dental scaling, polishing, and fluoride treatment of the teeth can reverse this grade.
Moderate Tartar with Mild to Moderate Gingivitis
Gums appear inflamed. The mouth becomes painful and bad breath begins. There is a moderate amount of tartar on the teeth. Professional dental scaling, polishing, and fluoride treatment of the teeth can reverse this grade.
Severe Tartar with Moderate to Severe Gingivitis and possible Periodontal disease
Gums now appear very red and bleeding may occur. Gums are now being destroyed by the infection and tartar. The painful mouth now starts affecting the eating habits and possibly the behavior of your pet. Bad breath gets worse. This is the beginning of periodontal disease which is not reversible. Professional dental scaling, polishing, and fluoride treatment of the teeth can prevent further destruction. In addition, periodontal treatment and/or extractions may be needed.
Severe Tartar with Severe Gingivitis and Advanced Periodontal Disease
Gums are still very red and may have bleeding. Bacterial infection is now destroying the gums, teeth, and bones. Some research suggests that there is an increased risk for bacteria entering the
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