Pet Dental Care
Your pet’s overall physical health is often directly related to the quality of their oral health. When a pet has dental disease or severe tartar and plaque buildup on their teeth, toxins leak into the bloodstream under the gum line. The internal organs designed to filter the blood, such as the liver, heart, and kidneys, can become diseased because of their exposure to these toxins, depleting your pet’s health and shortening their life.
The team at Bayshore Veterinary Hospital performs dental checks as part of our physical exams. Based on our findings, we will often prescribe a professional dental cleaning, as this procedure is the only way to truly remove built-up tartar and plaque on the teeth and below the gum line.
We recommend annual oral exams for most pets, but some smaller dog breeds, prone to dental disease, should have their oral cavity evaluated every 6 to 8 months.
Professional Pet Dental Cleaning
At Bayshore Veterinary Hospital, professional dental cleanings are performed under anesthesia. As with all surgical procedures, pre- surgical bloodwork is drawn to confirm that your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia. A professional dental usually takes 2-3 hours to complete, and during the procedure we:
- Evaluate the teeth and gums
- Clean and polish the surface of the teeth, including below the gum line (performed by a Surgical Veterinary Technician trained in dental protocols)
- Perform dental x-rays, if required, to identify broken or diseased teeth
- Extract any diseased or broken teeth that cannot be repaired (performed by a Veterinarian)
- Suture the gum after any tooth extractions (performed by a Veterinarian)
Our Dental Surgical Team works in tandem throughout your pet’s dental procedure, ensuring that identification of your pet’s needs is thorough and the corresponding level of care is complete.
At-Home Dental Maintenance
Once your pet has healed from their dental procedure—this often takes a few weeks, depending on how extensive their treatment was—we recommend daily, at-home dental maintenance to keep your pet’s mouth clean and healthy. Your doctor will work with you to establish the protocol best suited to your pet’s needs.