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For the purpose of treating and preventing dental disease in pets, routine oral examinations and dental cleaning procedures are essential. In dogs and cats, dental disease is rather common and, if left untreated, can develop into more serious conditions including kidney, liver, or heart disease. Fortunately, if you follow a treatment plan that involves daily care given at home and frequent trips to Poynette Veterinary Care for a checkup and teeth cleaning, your pet's disease can be avoided.

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What to Expect with Pet Dentistry

Under anesthesia, we must do a comprehensive oral examination to detect any potential oral health problems hidden beneath your pet's gum line. In order to screen for disease indicators, our experts may now examine every tooth and probe the pockets surrounding the teeth.

Dentistry typically Includes

  • In order to perform a more comprehensive examination and continue cleaning your pet's teeth by removing tartar buildup, we put them under general anesthetic.
    We also take whole mouth dental X-rays to evaluate any potentially troublesome teeth and look for any hidden illnesses or damage.

  • Next, we polish the tooth enamel, clean the teeth above and below the gum line, and prevent plaque formation on your pet's teeth.

  • The operation for your pet can potentially include oral surgery. We will give you a call to discuss a treatment plan if we discover any pathology or dental disease. This could involve gum tissue abnormalities, oral surgery to remove an infected tooth, etc.

Why Checking For Dental Disease
Is Important 

Plaque builds up on your pet's teeth and causes dental disease. Eventually, this accumulation turns into tartar, which can lead to bacterial infections of the major organs by penetrating the gum line and entering the bloodstream. We can assist you in developing a dental care plan that is tailored to your pet's specific needs. Pets require assistance with maintaining their oral hygiene and overall health.

To ascertain whether your pet is suffering from or at risk for dental illness, we look for the following symptoms during an oral examination:

  • Foul Breath

  • Inflamed Gums

  • Unusual Salivation

  • Plaque Accumulation on Gums

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