Pet Dental Care and Oral Health
Dental and oral pet care are important components of total pet well-being. Like humans, pets can develop dental issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and oral infections.
Pet Dental Care and Oral Health in Kingman, AZ
It is important to keep your pet’s teeth and gums clean and healthy. Untreated dental problems like periodontal disease can often lead to other problems in your pet. This is due to oral bacteria entering the bloodstream and damaging the kidneys, heart, and liver. The doctors and staff of Kingman Animal Hospital are dedicated to keeping your pet’s mouth in tip-top shape. We offer extensive dental care for pets, including teeth cleaning, polishing, extractions, and dental X-rays. We also provide Sanos, a gingival dental sealant for dogs and cats that seals the gum line against plaque formation. It is clinically proven to last six months without any take-home application required. Our technicians and veterinarians can discuss with you how to best care for your pet’s teeth at home.
We offer dental evaluations for your pet at every wellness visit. Our friendly, experienced Veterinary Assistants and Licensed Technicians will look at your pet’s teeth and recommend an oral health care program that best suits their needs. If your pet is experiencing bad breath, difficulty eating, painful mouth, red or swollen gums, or has a yellow or brown crust of plaque on their teeth, give us a call to set up their Dental Evaluation today.
More Information on Dental Care
A visit to your dentist is much different than your pet’s dental cleaning appointment. For most of us, caring for our teeth and gums has been part of our daily routine for as long as we can remember. Our visit to the dentist for a teeth cleaning is usually brief and does not require sedation. Veterinary dentistry is considerably more time-consuming and complex. Cleaning a pet’s teeth requires that they be under general anesthesia. Pets undergoing any type of anesthesia will stay with us for the day.
After an examination and pre-anesthetic blood work screening, our veterinary team will perform teeth cleanings, scaling, X-rays, tooth and gum health assessment, and extractions. Teeth cleanings are day-long procedures. However, your pet can go home the same day after fully recovering from anesthesia.
While your pet is under anesthesia, we will take full mouth radiographs to ensure that any infected or troublesome teeth are removed. We will remove all of the tartar firmly attached to the surface of the teeth and clean under the gum line. This is the most important area to clean as this is where periodontal disease begins. We could not do this procedure if our patients were awake.