Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health. Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian to detect any early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. Just like with people, healthy periodontal tissue is free of infection, inflammation and odor. Your veterinarian will help you develop a home dental care plan that works for you and your pet!
Following are the most frequent questions we are asked about periodontal disease at Bloomingdale Animal Hospital.
Periodontal disease… what is Periodontal Disease?
At Bloomingdale Animal Hospital you may hear us use the words “periodontal disease.” Periodontal disease is a term used to describe inflammation (redness and swelling) of the gum tissue above the teeth. Once periodontal disease starts, infection of the mouth soon follows and gums start to recede (shrink), exposing sensitive unprotected tooth root surfaces. If the mouth is left untreated, the infection will spread deep into the tooth, destroying bone. Ultimately, the tooth loosens or abscesses cause pain and infection to spread.
Ok my pet has periodontal disease now what to do?
If you suspect your pet is having teeth problems please schedule an exam at Bloomingdale Animal Hospital so our doctors can evaluate the mouth and decide what is best for your pet.
The Doctors at Bloomingdale Animal Hospital have talked about dental cleaning at the hospital what does that mean and include?
The first step is to run a blood panel to make sure the body is functioning normally. If the blood results are normal then we proceed to place an IV catheter and start on fluids to keep the pet hydrated and the blood pressure normal during the anesthetized dental procedure. At Bloomingdale Animal Hospital, we only use Sevoflurane gas anesthesia for our pets which is the safest gas anesthesia around.
Once the patient is under the anesthesia a veterinary assistant is dedicated to constantly monitor the patient while the doctor does a detailed evaluation of the teeth and mouth. We have the latest ultrasonic dental scaler and polisher (similar to what they have at human dental offices). If there are teeth that have more advanced disease, Bloomingdale Animal Hospital has the latest digital dental x-ray machine to see if bone loss is present under the gum line and help determine if a tooth extraction is needed.
The procedures that your pet may require will be discussed with you before your pet’s dental cleaning. All dental procedures from cleaning to advanced teeth extractions are outpatient procedure which means all pets will go home the same day of the procedure. A dental cleaning to prevent progressive periodontal disease and tooth loss will not need antibiotic or pain medications.
What can I do for my pet at home to help my pet’s teeth?
A home dental care program including regular tooth brushing is a must for all pets. Do not use human toothpaste for your pets because of the xylitol and fluoride that can be toxic. If brushing is not an option discuss with us about additional options such as: healthyMOUTH Water Additive, OraVet Dental Hygiene Chews, and Science Dental Diet T/D.