Oral and dental care is an integral part to keeping your pet healthy. Oral disease is one of the most frequently diagnosed health problems in
our pets. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3! If your pet
has changes in eating or chewing, dropping food from the mouth, bad breath, excessive drooling or loose or discolored teeth it’s time for a
Approach to Dental Health:
Hampden Veterinary Clinic encourages comprehensive oral health care. This includes annual to biannual assessment of oral health, daily
maintenance preventative care and therapeutic medical treatment and prophylactic cleaning.
- Dental Health Assessment:
- The annual or biannual oral examination allows our veterinarians to assess your pet’s gum and dental health.
- Bad breath, changing in tooth color, and changes in eating behavior can be early indication of disease.
- Enlarged lymph nodes can be an indication of significant dental disease.
- Early detection of dental disease can avoid tooth decay and loss in the future.
- Preventative Care:
- Based on the dental/oral examination our veterinarian will recommend basic and easy preventative care for your pet.
- Some recommendations may include a change in diet or supplements to the diet.
- Brushing your pet’s teeth can be a wonderful way to promote dental health but is not the easiest task. Please speak with our staff regarding the best way to brush your pet’s teeth and some tricks of the trade.
- Medical and Prophylactic Cleaning:
- If your pet exhibits signs of dental disease our veterinarian may recommend blood work or a dental cleaning. Blood work can be helpful to see if there are signs of systemic inflammation or infection from oral disease.
- Also all dental cleanings are performed under general anesthesia since we cannot ask a cat or dog to open their mouths for polishing! We protect their airway and monitor their vitals. Our technician will never leave their side while they are under anesthesia. Read more about our anesthesia protocol here.
- Similar to human dental cleanings your pet’s teeth will have the tartar and plaque removed. We will measure gum pocketing and remove debris under the gum line as well. Lastly we will polish your pet’s teeth to finish the dental cleaning.