Maintenance of a healthy mouth is critical for your pet’s well-being. During the physical examination your pet’s mouth will be examined to check for the presence of plaque, tartar, gum disease (gingivitis), inflammation of the mouth (stomatitis), loose teeth, chipped or fractured teeth and periodontal disease. Your doctor will advise you as to the best plan of action.
The following signs may be an indication that your pet is experiencing some form of dental disease:
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Reluctance to eat despite an interest in food
- Food falling from your pet’s mouth while eating
Many owners are often shocked to learn that despite severe dental disease their pet continues to eat. Therefore, one should not misconstrue that a healthy appetite means a healthy mouth!
The doctors at Pet Haven provide the following dental services:
- Digital dental X-rays: this allows us to assess disease below the gum line
- Scaling and polishing
- Extractions using a high speed dental drill
- Periodontal surgery
Dental procedures are always done under general anesthesia. Your veterinarian will advise you if any blood work or other tests are required prior to the procedure. Local and general analgesia (pain management) is always provided if your pet requires extractions or any oral surgery. In addition, your pet will be discharged with pain medication that you will administer at home following a dental procedure.