Dog and Cat Dentistry

in Carrollton, TX

 

Dogs and cats do a lot of their own grooming, and that includes dental hygiene – they instinctively chew sticks and toys to keep their pearly whites in good form. But dogs and cats still should get a dental exam at a veterinary office about once or twice a year, just like humans.

Advanced dental care in Carrollton

Dental disease is the #1 health problem diagnosed in dogs and cats. Dental disease leads to bad breath, of course, but more worrisome is the effect poor dental health has on the liver, heart, or kidneys.

We’d like to think they’d show signs of trouble, but pets rarely show signs of dental pain. Without a regular dental exam, your companion’s dental problems could go unnoticed.

Dental check-ups are especially important in small-breed dogs and flat-faced cats. All dogs have 42 adult teeth and all cats have 30 teeth. When those teeth are crowded into a smaller space, it causes problems.

When should I bring my pet in for a dental check-up?

Bring them into Crossroads Animal Hospital at least once a year for a dental exam. Come in right away whether or not there are signs of a problem if you see:

  • If your pet has a tendency to chew on abrasive substances, such as rocks, tennis balls, or bones, he or she is more susceptible to dental disease and should have frequent dental exams.
  • Extremely bad breath or discolored teeth.
  • Excessive drooling.
  • Signs of pain (whining, shaking, pawing at mouth) while eating, or reluctance to eat.
  • Eating on one side of the mouth only.

Carrollton’s Crossroads Animal Hospital is equipped to handle your pet’s dental check-up and dentistry. Call us today at 972-416-4060 to schedule an appointment!

Crossroads Animal Hospital uses state-of-the-art equipment and training to help your pet stay healthy and pain-free!

We’ve invested in state-of-the-art dental and dental radiography equipment for the best care of your beloved pets. Even more, the staff at Crossroads Animal Hospital has extensive dental training for the optimal treatment of your pet! When we do a dental cleaning, we run bloodwork and perform an exam to create an individual anesthetic protocol just for your pet, and we monitor your fur-baby before, during, and after dental procedures to ensure maximum safety and comfort. We use fiber optic high-speed handpieces to provide the utmost quality care. Our scaling and polishing components have LED lights for safe, efficient dental care.

What is the procedure for a dental cleaning?

For a dental cleaning – also called a dental prophylaxis or dental prophy – at Crossroads Animal Hospital, you should expect a partial-day hospitalization, and your pet will need to come in with an empty stomach, as it is a procedure that requires anesthesia and intubation.

Your pet is monitored before, during, and after the procedure. We start with a physical exam, then we perform bloodwork to ensure the liver and kidneys are healthy enough to clear the body of anesthesia, as well as to ensure there is no underlying anemia or serious infection present.

To ensure a smooth transition to inhalant anesthesia, we give our patients an injectable induction agent prior to intubation and inhalant anesthesia. We use the same inhalant anesthesia used in human hospitals. Because body temperature usually drops under anesthesia, we place a warming blanket around your pet.

We use digital oral radiographs in every dental procedure. Just like humans, pet oral health care involves more than just the visible tooth above the gum line. A substantial amount of dental disease occurs below the gum, making digital oral radiography critical in the assessment of overall oral health.

Send us a message to get more information on dental checkups and cleanings!

Step-by-step dog and cat dentistry:
  • Ultrasonic scaling of teeth
    Ultrasonic waves and water are used to break up plaque and calculus on the teeth and wash them away.
  • Oral examination
    After the scaling, our dental team completes a full dental examination of your pet’s mouth. All findings are recorded.
  • Low-speed polishing of teeth
    This procedure helps smooth out imperfections on the tooth surface after scaling. Polishing also reduces the ability for plaque to stick to the teeth.
  • Tooth sealant
    We apply a sealant that binds electrostatically to tooth enamel, creating an invisible barrier that helps prevent plaque-forming bacteria from attaching. The sealant works for 2 weeks after application. We recommend Oravet dental chews to help continue to reduce the growth of plaque and tartar.
Pet dental home care

There are some easy ways to keep your pet’s teeth in good shape at home, all year long.

  1. Brush your pet’s teeth daily – yes, really. Use a dog- or cat-specific toothpaste!
  2. Brushing out of the question? Use it as an excuse to buy some toys! Those made of rubber or rope are great for tooth health.
  3. Try tooth-healthy food; it’s nutrition for the win! Dry foods are better than wet foods for tooth health. Consider T/D, for instance, a balanced diet specifically designed to scrape plaque and bacteria off teeth with a special matrix while your pet eats. It’s available at Crossroads Pet Hospital and in our online store!
  4. Buy some treats! OraVet Chews clean teeth and reduce plaque.

As your Carrollton vet, we want to help keep your pet kissably fresh and free of disease! Call us at 972-416-4060 or send us a message online.