An oral exam should be performed on your pet yearly (generally with the wellness exam) or if any signs of oral health problems develop such as:
- Bad Breath
- Broken or loose teeth
- Reduced appetite
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- Swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth
- Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Irritability or changes in behavior
Some problems that can be detected during the oral exam are infected or broken teeth, abscesses, periodontal disease, cysts or tumors in the mouth.
We are equipped to perform a full dental cleaning under anesthesia. This includes scaling (to remove plaque and tartar) and polishing. Extractions and oral surgery procedures can also be performed.
Why does pet dentistry require anesthesia? Unlike humans, your pet does not understand dental care and might react by moving, trying to escape or even biting. Anesthesia makes it possible to perform the dental procedures with less stress and pain for your pet. In addition, anesthesia allows for a more thorough cleaning because your pet is not moving around and risking injury from the dental equipment.