DENTISTRY

PROFESSIONAL DENTAL CLEANINGS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR PET HEALTH

Dental care is essential for your pet’s good health.  Did you know most dogs and cats have dental disease by the time they reach 3 years of age?  Periodontal disease is the most common health problem in dogs and cats. Periodontal disease causes red, swollen and tender gums, receding gums, bleeding, pain and bad breath.  If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.  The inflammation and infection associated with periodontal disease may also damage other organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys, or lead to other serious health problems.

A Good Dental Health Program is Essential for your Pet

At South Arbor we practice advanced dental treatments. We recommend dental care for ALL of our patients. Preventative care is key and it starts young. Home care is the first line of defense. We have multiple options for home care (treats, chews, rinses, toothpaste/toothbrushes, special diets, etc). But even with regular home care, regular dental cleanings and digital radiographs are necessary to maintain a healthy mouth.

Dr. Noel has pursued advanced training to provide our patients with more advanced and up-to-date dental care than the normal veterinarian can provide.

Advanced Courses/Lectures Dr. Noel has attended are:

  • Dentistry for Veterinarians: Extractions with the Dog with Dr. Cindy Charlier – January 2015
  • NAVC 2015 Dentistry Canine Extraction Wet Labs with Dr. Jan Bellows – January 2015
  • Michigan State University CVM Dental Lecture and Wet Lab with Dr. Jim Moore – December 2015
  • Veterinary Dental Forum Minneapolis – September 2016
  • New York Veterinary Conference – November 2017
  • Animal Dental Training Center with Dr. Ira Luskin – Dental Periodontics, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology – August 2018

Dental services provided at South Arbor include:
*Bolded text below represents advanced dental care provided.

  • Oral/dental exams
  • Digital Dental Radiographs and Radiograph Interpretation
  • Complete dental cleaning: electronic scaling, polishing, fluoride treatment, and sealant application
  • Surgical extractions (complete extraction with surgical closure)
  • Minor Oral surgery, Oral mass biopsies/removal (limited)
  • Bone graft application
  • Gingival hyperplasia removal
  • Sealants
  • Cyst repair
  • Comprehensive pain management before, during and after oral procedures that produce discomfort
  • Carefully monitored general anesthesia and recovery
  • Home dental care instructions and product recommendations
  • A referral network to veterinary dentists and specialists when needed

Digital X-Rays are Important

Sixty percent of your pet’s teeth lie below the gum line, and our digital x-ray equipment takes prompt, highly detailed x-ray images of your dog or cat’s teeth along with the roots and surrounding bone while your pet is under anesthesia. We take full mouth radiographs on all of our dental procedures. This is important because of hidden dental disease. On the digital x-rays, Dr. Noel is able to visualize and diagnose bone loss and/or hidden dental disease that may be present in the tooth roots and jawbone areas that may need advanced treatment. We do not want to take radiographs based on how the top of the tooth looks. All dental procedures have full anesthetic monitoring and support (decreasing risk of anesthesia greatly).

Signs of Dental Problems

If you notice any signs of dental disease in your pet, please call us for more information or make an appointment with Dr. Noel so she can evaluate your pet and determine whether any treatment is required.  Signs of dental problems include:

  • Bad breath
  • Sensitivity around the mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Yellow or brown deposits on the teeth
  • Bleeding, inflamed, and withdrawn gums
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Pawing at the mouth or face
  • Difficulty chewing

AT HOME PET DENTAL CARE

How to Brush your Pet’s teeth

Slowly and gently introduce your pet to tooth brushing. It should be a bonding experience that is reinforced with praise and rewards. Begin by rubbing your pet’s teeth and gums with soft gauze wrapped around your finger. Gradually switch to using a specially designed pet toothbrush or baby toothbrush with pet toothpaste (do not use toothpaste for people because it can upset your pet’s stomach). If your pet is most at ease on your lap, keep his or her toothbrush next to the chair where you sit together. Focus on your pet’s gum line, and work up to 30 seconds of brushing for each side of the mouth at least a few times a week. If your pet won’t tolerate brushing, your veterinarian can recommend plaque-preventive products for your pet.

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