Pet Dental Care
At Edmond East Animal Hospital, we firmly believe that oral health is one of the most important aspects of your pet’s overall health. When tartar and plaque accumulate on your pet’s teeth, toxins seep below the gum line and into the blood stream. The result can be infections in internal organs, like the heart, liver, and kidneys.
Complete Oral Exams
When your pet comes to Edmond East Animal Hospital for a professional oral examination, we check their oral cavity thoroughly to ensure that we identify any potential problems and we will discuss with you how to address them. We look for certain concerns such as broken teeth, decaying teeth, infections, loose teeth, gingivitis, tumors, and more.
Professional Dental Cleanings
When we conduct professional dental cleanings, we utilize complete surgical-grade anesthesia services, with surgical monitoring to make anesthesia as safe as possible. (Visit our Surgery page for more information about anesthesia and monitoring.) During your pet’s procedure, we remove the calculus from the tooth surface, thoroughly clean along and just below the gum line, polish the tooth surfaces, apply fluoride to the teeth, and completely chart the oral cavity.
Evaluation and Treatment
We recommend dental radiographs (x-rays) for all patients, to make sure that we have identified any potential problems, since 80% of the dental anatomy is not visible to the eye. We will always perform digital dental radiographs before we make an official diagnosis. If any abnormal areas or problems are identified with radiographs, the owner will be contacted about further recommended treatment (unless previous arrangements have been made), along with the additional costs for that treatment. In most cases, any required treatment the pet owner agrees to can be performed at the same time as the cleaning.
Ongoing, At-Home Dental Care
Once your pet’s professional cleaning is complete and your pet’s mouth has healed, we recommend maintaining their oral health on a regular basis. Performing at home dental care is essential to your pet’s continued health. Some dental health care options are:
- Brushing: the best option for keeping teeth clean. If your pet won't allow their teeth to be brushed, ask us for advice.
- Dental Chews
- Water additives
- Oral gels
If you have questions about your pet’s oral health care needs, please ask us today. We’re here to help you make the best decisions about your pet’s dental care.
Your office was very concerned with my pet and the situation surrounding her visit. The whole staff was not only caring and compassionate towards my pet, but my children as well. Thank you so much for taking great care of Macy!