Stoughton Pet Dental Care
Imagine never brushing your teeth. How would your teeth look? How would your mouth feel? Studies show that 75% of dogs and cats over the age of 3 have some form of periodontal disease. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause infection, pain and tooth loss over time. It can also lead to changes in the heart, liver and kidneys, and can cause serious health problems for your pet.
At Stoughton Veterinary Service Animal Hospital, we are committed to our patients’ dental health and implement the highest dental care. We take a comprehensive approach to dental care including dental health, assessment, treatment and prevention.
We have state-of-the-art dental equipment as well as digital x-rays to help diagnose dental disease that is below the gum line, therefore not always visible to the eye. We recommend an annual dental health care examination for all pets - make an appointment or call us.
Oral Health Care
Many health problems start in our pet’s mouth. Plaque, tartar, periodontal disease and tooth decay serve as a source of inflammation and infection for the rest of the body. Dental disease is also a source of pain and discomfort. The comprehensive dental services at Stoughton Veterinary Service Animal Hospital include teeth cleaning and polishing, tooth extractions, and minor oral surgery, all under safe general anesthesia for the comfort of your pet.
Just like us, regular professional cleaning is important to our pet’s health at any age. We use safe anesthetic drugs tailored to each patient, and modern ultrasonic dental equipment, where each tooth is clean above and below the gum line. Dental technicians polish each tooth to create a smooth, lustrous surface, more resistant to plaque buildup.
After the teeth are cleaned and polished and digital oral x-rays taken, your veterinarian will perform a thorough oral exam and check each tooth for any signs of dental disease. This will determine if any teeth need to be removed (extracted). Pain management is imperative during and after your pet’s dental procedure. This may include oral nerve blocks, injectable pain medications, and oral pain medications to be given at home. The majority of pets recover quickly following a dental procedure, and, once the gums have healed, they resume eating their regular food, even when multiple teeth are extracted.
Dental Disease Prevention
Your pet's dental health is an important part of his overall health. Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats in the United States. Dental health problems can lead to more serious conditions such as infections and heart or kidney disease. Many pets with untreated dental disease suffer from chronic pain and premature aging (often acting older than they should). Some symptoms which can indicate serious dental problems include bad breath, plaque build-up, gum irritation and redness, loose teeth, tooth discoloration and swelling in the jaw area.
The American Animal Hospital Association recommends annual oral examinations after the pet is a year old. Dental cleanings for adult dogs are performed under general anesthesia. In addition to regular exams (link to: wellness plans) and cleanings, there are some things you can and should do to help promote good dental health in your pet. Feeding your pet a hard, kibble-type pet food, providing appropriate chew toys and brushing his teeth are just a few ways to keep your pet's teeth healthy in between professional cleanings.
Dental disease can be easily prevented by visiting your veterinarian regularly for dental examinations and cleanings
The American Animal Hospital Association recommends regular oral examinations and dental cleanings, under general anesthesia, for all adult dogs and cats. A veterinarian should evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. This is recommended because bacteria and food debris accumulates around a pet’s teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss. We can recommend and demonstrate preventative measures you can begin at home. Our wellness program emphasizes and explains how you can avoid costly dental procedures with your pet in the future.