Managing Your Pet’s Oral Health with Routine Dental Care
You know that brushing your own teeth isn’t optional; it’s a necessary part of your daily regimen and preserves your pearly whites. Believe it or not, your pet should have their teeth brushed at least 5 days a week! Our veterinary team in Caledon Village understands that brushing your pet’s teeth is often easier said than done, which is why we recommend periodic oral exams and professional teeth cleanings. Pet dental care is just as vital as routine wellness and preventive care, because it prevents harmful conditions like gum disease and keeps your pet healthier, longer.
Pet Dental Care Services
To help you keep your pet’s mouth clean, we provide a full range of services to ensure that they receive complete dental care each time they visit:
- Oral exam
- Dental cleaning with hand and ultrasonic scaling instruments
- Routine digital oral radiographs
- Pre-anesthetic testing before cleaning procedures
- In-depth oral exam during dental to check each tooth
- Tooth extractions (if needed)
- Polish teeth with prophy paste
What to Expect
Before your pet’s dental cleaning, we need to perform a pre-anesthetic exam and bloodwork to make sure they’re healthy. Your pet will first meet with one of our experienced Registered Veterinary Technicians, then be taken back for their pre-exam. Following sedation, your pet will receive an IV catheter so that we can administer fluids, antibiotics and medications. We’ll proceed to clean your pet’s teeth above and below the gum line using hand and ultrasonic scaling instruments, and check each tooth for fractures, lesions, pockets in the gums and other issues.
Once we’ve recorded our findings, we’ll take dental radiographs of your pet’s mouth to look for problems below the gum line. If we find a tooth that needs to be extracted, we’ll freeze the nerves and perform dental surgery. Once the entire tooth has been extracted, we will suture the gums back into place.
Why Your Pet Needs Regular Dental Care
More than half of the dog and cat population has some form of gum disease by age 3. Daily brushings at home can delay the buildup of calculus (hardened plaque), which can otherwise spread below the gum line and cause a painful, inflammatory infection. If bacteria from the calculus enters your pet’s blood stream, their heart, liver, lungs and kidneys can be affected. Signs of gum disease can include loose or broken teeth, bad breath, excessive drooling, and red, swollen gums. If you notice any of these signs in your pet, call us right away at 519-927-5775 so we can determine if a cleaning is needed.