February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Schedule a dental cleaning for your pet during the month of February and receive a 20% discount.
Dogs and cats, like humans, can get cavities. Does your dog or cat have bad breath? Studies show that 98% of dogs with bad breath are suffering from periodontal disease, a result of plaque build-up. If left untreated, this can lead to a bacterial infection, which can enter the bloodstream and spread to your pet's kidneys, liver, heart and even brain. Chances are if your pet has very bad breath, there is a problem with his teeth. The most common cause of bad breath is periodontal disease caused by plaque. Bacteria is attracted to the surface of the tooth, which becomes mineralized, producing calculus. As plaque ages and gingivitis becomes periodontitis (bone loss), the bacteria itself changes to a bone destroying type which produces hydrogen sulfide, leading to bad breath (halitosis). Imagine if you went years without brushing your teeth or having your teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist. This is why pet dental care is so important.
Periodontal disease is painful. Some dogs and cats will have problems chewing hard food, others will paw at their mouth or drool excessively or may even become aggressive if you try to look in their mouth. Unfortunately, most will not show any signs. Halitosis is easily diagnosed by smelling your dog or cat’s breath. If there is a foul odor, halitosis is present. A veterinary exam is needed to diagnose the specific cause. There are four stages of periodontal disease. Early gingivitis and advanced gingivitis are treated by professional teeth cleaning. If the disease is advanced and bone loss has occurred causing periodontitis surgery or tooth extraction may be necessary.
Because we feel that caring for your pet’s teeth is very important to his overall health, we include a thorough pet dental exam every time we examine your pet. If it appears your pet would benefit from a dental cleaning, the doctor will make a recommendation for the procedure. By placing your pet under general anesthesia, we’re able to do a thorough job of examining and cleaning your pet’s teeth and addressing any problems at the same time- none of which can be properly performed during a “non-anesthetic dental cleaning”. Our San Juan Capistrano pet dental care includes prophylactic cleaning with the use of an ultrasonic scaler, polishing, fluoride treatment and extractions and oral surgery, if needed. We are excited to announce that dental x-rays will soon be a part of every dental prophylaxis, coming in 2014. Good dental health improves your pet’s well-being and can add years to your pet’s life. Just as important as the yearly dental exam and cleaning is home dental care. Our trained staff is happy to give you all the tools you need to keep your pet’s teeth healthy by doing some things at home, too.