Does your best friend have bad breath? Smelly breath is more than a minor inconvenience, it could be a sign of serious periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can destroy your pet’s teeth, gums, and bone structure. It is easily prevented with consistent brushing and cleaning as well as regular dental exams.
FM 1488 Animal Medical Center recommends annual dental veterinary visits to ensure your pet’s teeth and gums remain clean, fresh, and healthy. Our experienced veterinarians will perform a thorough dental exam based on the high standards advocated by the American Veterinary Medical Association® (AVMA) and our dental grade system:
- Grade 1 - Minimal tartar and healthy gums present – typical of pets less than 3 years old.
- Grade 2 - Plaque may be visible on some or most teeth but no gingivitis yet.
- Grade 3 - Possible infection of at least one tooth is present; gingivitis and tartar is visible. You’ve probably noticed bad breath.
- Grade 4 - Possible gum recession from the teeth, and there may be signs of infection and bleeding gums. You’re probably avoiding pet kisses.
- Grade 5 - Obvious gum recession present on a large number of teeth, and infection present in most of the mouth. It’s probably difficult to deal with your pet’s bad breath.
What to Expect
We will perform a professional dental cleaning under anesthesia. A complete evaluation of your pet’s teeth, gums, and oral cavity. We use digital dental x-rays to get a clear picture of any medical problems below the gum line, which can’t be detected based on sight alone. By using advanced diagnostic techniques, we can quickly evaluate if your pet is suffering from periodontal disease and provide a personalized treatment plan to treat any infection quickly and accurately.
Rest assured that we take every precaution to ensure the safety and comfort of your pet during the dental procedure. We require pre-anesthetic bloodwork beforehand, in addition to comprehensive monitoring during the dental exam in order to complete the cleaning and polishing process efficiently.
At FM 1488 Animal Medical Center, we also offer the following oral surgery services:
- Bonded dental sealants
- Prophylactic cleaning and polishing
- Sanos® barrier sealant
- Digital dental x-rays
To learn more about our dental services for cats and dogs, please contact us today.