Cat & Dog Teeth Cleaning in Raleigh, NC
Dogs and cats need their teeth cleaned on a regular basis to keep plaque and tartar at bay, otherwise, dental or periodontal disease will develop. Providing consistent home care and scheduling routine professional pet dental care appointments can prevent and even reverse dental disease. At Companion Animal Hospital of Wakefield in Raleigh, NC, your pet will receive effective, safe dental care from veterinarians who have advanced training in dental procedures and oral surgery. Call as at (919) 488-5300 to schedule a teeth cleaning for your pet in Raleigh today.
It's More than Just Bad Breath
“Dog breath” isn’t actually normal! While your pet’s mouth may never quite smell minty fresh, it certainly shouldn’t smell bad. Foul odor from the mouth is often indicative of bacteria build-up from plaque and tartar and it is one of the first signs of dental disease. If left untreated, the disease will cause inflammation, infection, and loss of teeth and bone. Affected pets often suffer in silence and continue their normal routines despite painful oral disease. In time, the disease can affect your pet’s systemic health as bacteria from the mouth enters the bloodstream where it can damage the kidneys, liver, and heart.
Full Dental Evaluations with Digital Dental X-Rays
More than half of each of your cat’s or dog’s teeth lie below the gum line, making it difficult to assess their oral health with only a physical exam. At Companion Animal Hospital of Wakefield, we utilize digital dental X-rays to take detailed images of your pet’s mouth. The images allow a full evaluation of your pet’s oral health and level of dental disease. This invaluable diagnostic helps guide appropriate treatment and provide the best level of care.
Our Teeth Cleaning Procedures for Dogs & Cats
In order to thoroughly assess and treat dental disease, general anesthesia is required. We’ll ensure your pet is healthy enough for the procedure with pre-anesthetic blood work, and we implement advanced safety protocols to minimize any risk of complications. We perform a Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT) that allows us to assess each pet's oral health and develop a unique dental treatment plan. A COHAT dental procedure will include:
- A detailed oral exam to evaluate the entire oral cavity, a periodontal assessment, as well as full mouth digital radiographs
- Ultrasonic scaling of each tooth to remove built-up plaque and tartar both above and below the gum line
- Polishing of each tooth to smooth the enamel and reduce the amount of future tartar build-up
- Extractions of damaged or broken teeth, if necessary*
*Extractions are sometimes necessary to remove damaged, infected, and painful teeth. Performing routine dental care greatly reduces the incidence of disease that leads to extractions. When extractions are necessary, we administer local anesthesia, utilize careful surgical techniques, and provide perioperative pain medications that make recovery smooth and comfortable for your pet.
Advice for Cleaning Your Dog's or Cat's Teeth at Home
In addition to annual professional cat and dog teeth cleaning, you can actively fight dental disease at home. While brushing your pet’s teeth is the single best way to reduce plaque and tartar build-up, we recognize that it is also one of the hardest! Luckily, there are several other products that are effective in reducing plaque and tartar. We recommend dental care products approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council. A list of these approved products can be found here.
Some of the products they feature include:
- Dental chews/treats
- Water additives
- Oral sprays
- Oral wipes
- Prescription dental diets
- And more