Country Oaks Animal Hospital & Kennel
1412 Belcher Road
Palm Harbor, FL
Dental Care for Pets ...............
Dental disease is one of the most common medical problems in our family friends. Fortunately, it's a problem that can be managed and treated. Of course, like dental problems in humans, it's better to treat early. Periodontal disease affecting the gums and supporting tissues is quite common and is the leading cause of tooth loss in pets.
We have always participated in the National Pet Dental Health month in February, but now we are offering the same incentives in September. We have simply found that there are so many pets in need of professional dental cleaning that one month is just insufficient to keep up with demand. Of course, we perform professional dental cleanings all year round, but during Pet Dental Month we provide additional incentives to encourage regular dental care. Dental disease causes far more than bad breath and we want to help keep your pet's mouths healthy!
Bad breath is not normal !!
Oral disease is the number one health problem diagnosed in dogs and cats.
The Dental Cleaning Procedure
If an extraction is required, a local anesthetic (Novacaine) is injected to numb the area prior to the extraction. The teeth are scaled to remove the heavy tartar and calculus using an ultrasonic scaler. This is followed by hand scaling to remove bacteria and plaque beneath the gumline (the main reason anesthesia is required!).
The pictures on the right and below are examples of BEFORE and AFTER photographs of two patients receiving dental cleanings. Both have significant periodontal disease although both were fairly young at the time of these procedures. When you consider what dogs and cats are inclined to put in their mouths and their lack of personal hygiene, it's not surprising their mouths get so bad so young. Could you imagine if you didn't brush your teeth (much less floss!) for a few years? Not a pretty image!