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Dentistry

Dental care is an important factor in the overall health of your pet.  

Can you image if you never brushed your teeth or had them cleaned?  Over time, decay and inflamed gums would be extremely uncomfortable for you and the loss of your teeth would be even worse.

It is the same thing for your dog or cat.  Just like humans, the build-of plaque and tartar deposits that result from inadequate maintenance of your dog or cat’s teeth and gums by brushing and cleaning leads to gingivitis, periodontitis, and ultimately tooth loss.   Research shows that, by the age of 3 years old, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease.

Good Dental Care for your Pet Begins with Professional Cleanings

Do not let this happen to your pet!  We recommend a preventative dental care routine that begins with professional cleanings performed by our highly trained staff.  While basic visual oral examinations can be performed while your pet is awake, short-term anesthetic must be administered to perform a comprehensive tooth and gum examination and professional cleaning.  To ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia, we recommend a routine blood test before the dental procedure.

Affordable Professional Dental Cleaning at Northgate Animal Hospital includes:

  • We examine your pet’s teeth for mobility, fractures, malocclusion, and periodontal disease.
  • We remove any plaque and tartar above and below the gum line using modern and safe ultrasonic cleaning equipment.
  • We give your pet’s teeth a thorough cleaning and polishing to create a smooth tooth surface that is more resistant to plaque buildup.
  • We may call you to discuss your pet’s oral health during the procedure if we find fractured teeth or teeth that need to be extracted.

Monitoring and Safe Anesthesia

We utilize the safest anesthetic options available and provide the same safe monitoring techniques for dental procedures that are used in all our surgeries. Before beginning the cleaning, blood tests are strongly recommended to ensure that your dog or cat is a good candidate for anesthesia.  Pets are monitored during dental cleanings (pulse ox, respiratory monitoring) by a skilled technician throughout the course of the dental treatment.  We ensure your pet has minimal pain before, during and after their dental procedure.  We utilize multiple therapies to control pain until they are fully recovered.

At Home Dental Care

Brushing your pet’s teeth at home is the best way to prevent plaque and tartar build-up. Interested in learning how to brush your pet’s teeth? Just ask and our veterinarians will be happy to help you get started. If you have a pet that will not tolerate brushing, our veterinarians can also recommend products that will help keep your pet’s mouth healthy in between cleanings.

Signs of oral and dental diseases in dogs and cats:

  • Loss of appetite or loss of weight
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
  • Drooling or dropping food from the mouth.
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Loss of appetite or loss of weight

If you think your dog or cat exhibits any of these symptoms, please call us at your earliest convenience to arrange a dental exam for your pet.  To make an appointment for a dental exam or cleaning, call us at 208-522-3121.

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