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Keeping your pet’s mouth clean is one of the very best things that you can do to protect not only his mouth from painful periodontal disease and tooth loss, but also the rest of his organs from premature wear and tear and deterioration. The bacteria that live in dogs’ mouths loves to spread, through infected bleeding gums, to heart valves, kidneys and liver. As pets age, their organs age, too, and they don’t need the extra burden of oral bacteria to contend with. All pets, especially older pets should have their dental health cared for at home and through regular dental cleanings and treatments as needed.
Dental Treatments at Cimarron
General anesthesia is required to thoroughly clean any pet’s teeth. Anyone who tells you differently is merely chipping the tip of proverbial iceberg and not doing a thorough service for the pet.
Many people are concerned about anesthetizing their pets because of past bad experiences, the small size of the pet, or the age of the pet. We believe that, for most pets, the dangers of oral infection, and the months and years of life lost due to unchecked periodontal disease are far greater than the dangers of anesthesia at our hospital. Learn How We Protect Our Anesthesia Patients
Ultrasonic Scaling and Polishing / Gingival antiseptic flushing
These are the procedures done in every Dental Treatment, just as your own dentist does for you. Ultrasonic scaling removes microscopic tartar and debris on the teeth and under the gums, where periodontal disease starts. Following the scaling, teeth are polished to smooth out the ridges that will capture debris and cause premature tartar buildup. Antiseptic flushing of the gums cleanses the mouth and decreases bacterial reinfection.
50- 75% of pet dental disease occurs under the gumline. Dental radiographs let us know if we should take a tooth out that is painful, whether a tooth that has some gingival recession is otherwise healthy and can stay or whether a fractured tooth might still be a candidate for root canal treatment and preservation! When your pet gets dental radiographs, you are assured that the money you are spending on his dental treatment is actually treating the disease! He will be happier and healthier!
Oravet Application – Plaque Barrier Sealant
Oravet is an invisible sealant that protects teeth against early plaque build-up. It wears off in about a week, but is simple to reapply weekly at home to keep the teeth protected over time. This is a great treatment for pets who build up tartar especially heavily or quickly.
Periodontal Treatment and Antibiotic Therapy
Diseased teeth can sometimes be saved by special cleaning procedures called root planing and curettage. Application of long-acting antibiotics in periodontal pockets will also help some diseased teeth “heal”, reducing the number of teeth that have to be extracted. (Not all hospitals offer this treatment.)
Extractions – Simple and Surgical
When teeth are diseased beyond saving, extraction provides the pet relief from pain and chronic infection. We can perform “simple” extractions on single rooted teeth and “surgical” extractions on double and triple rooted teeth. But be assured, We Never Extract Teeth Unless We Think That They Cannot Be Saved with periodontal treatment. Preemptive pain management is always a part of our dental extraction protocol.
Staged Dental Treatments break up the Expense
At Cimarron Animal Hospital, we can Stage your pet’s dental treatment if you are not financially ready to cover the whole expense at the time of his dental cleaning (after all, that’s expensive enough– with anesthesia and all…). We will first clean the teeth and do a tooth-by-tooth examination with dental x-rays. Then, we will call you to let you know what else needs to be done in terms of treating existing periodontal or endodontic disease such as tooth infections, abscesses, or resorptions. If you are ready to have everything dne at once, while we have your pet anesthetized already, we will proceed with the recommended treatments. If not, then we can delay the rest of the treatment (extractions, for instance) for a later date. The Doctor will let you know, based on how severe the disease is, how long it would be OK to delay. If you have the recommended treatments done within that time period, we give you an $ 85.00 credit toward the second anesthesia– as if the treatment had been done the same day! Meanwhile, the Doctor may recommend pulse therapy antibiotics or pain medication to keep your pet comfortable until the dental treatment can be completed.
Home Dental Care
Keeping your pet’s mouth healthier at home means fewer hospital stays for professional dental treatments. And, when your pet does need Dental Treatments (as we all do, even when we brush and floss daily), the treatments will be less invasive and less expensive.
Ideas to try at home:
- Brushing / antiseptic rinses on teeth daily (Bring your pet in for an easy “How-To”!)
- Feeding tartar control foods
- Tartar Control chew treats (chewing exercise is one of the keys to dental hygiene for pets)
- Tartar control water additives
We carry pet-friendly toothpaste and toothbrushes, tartar control diets, chew treats, water additives and oral hygiene rinses.
Contact us today for suggestions that work for you and your pet!