Gold-Standard Dentistry

A keystone of health for dogs and cats.

Just as in humans, periodontal disease is a serious destructive condition that, if left untreated, can spread bacteria to your canine or feline family member’s heart, liver, and kidneys.

Dental disease starts as a bacterial film called plaque that attaches to the teeth. If the plaque is not removed through regular brushing and dental cleanings, it spreads below the gum line causing inflammation of the gums and infection of the root. In the later stages of periodontal disease, the gum tissue surrounding the tooth is destroyed, the infected tooth begins to erode, and eventually falls out. This is a very painful experience for your furry companion and one that is preventable.

Slide During the dental procedure your pet will be anesthetized; this is to ensure that your furry friend receives a complete and thorough exam and cleaning. An ultrasonic scaler is used to clean each tooth thoroughly, both above and below the gum line. This is followed by polishing the teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup.

The extent of the treatment depends on the severity of the disease, your individual pet’s health status, and your veterinarian’s assessment. Animals undergoing dental prophylaxis may need to be treated with antibiotics prior to teeth cleaning. Sometimes, teeth may need to be extracted.
Dental Disease Prevention