Routine Dental cleaning is vital part of your pet’s preventative care. With each dental cleaning we provide a thorough oral examination, scaling, polishing, fluoride treatment, and antibiotic therapy when necessary. Each patient is sent home with discharge information that includes the results of the oral examination, before and after pictures, and information on at-home dental care.
A study by the American Veterinary Dental Society showed that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats had developed periodontal disease by 3 years of age, making dental disease the most prevalent disease in companion animals. Multiple studies have found an association between periodontal disease and pathological changes in internal organs and other measures of systemic inflammation. Oral infection, oral trauma, or malocclusion can cause pain and loss of function.
Periodontal disease results from the formation of bio-film (i.e., a complex accumulation and organization of microbes) at the gingival margins, which develops micro-habitats that promote both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria growth. Bio-film bacteria develop significantly greater resistance to antimicrobials, making antibiotics alone ineffective and potentially causing greater antimicrobial resistance; thus, plaque must be removed through dental cleaning.
- Dental care is a multi-step process. In many cases, the total cost of care cannot be determined until the veterinarian examines the patient’s mouth and completes radiographs of the oral cavity.
- Routine dental care at home and by the veterinary team benefits the patient’s health and quality of life.
- Patients often do not show signs of dental pain, but may clearly be more comfortable after dental care.
- The costs for dental care may seem high, but they reflect the time and attention required from the veterinary team, which is more than required for human patients. We have monthly payment options available through Wells Fargo Health Advantage.