Mountain View Animal Hospital provides comprehensive oral health assessments and treatments (COHAT) for patients. Under routine anesthesia, we will remove calculus from the teeth and under the gums using an ultrasonic dental scaling unit like the one at your dentist’s office. We also perform digital dental radiographs in most cases and if necessary and indicated on radiographs, we do simple oral surgery including extractions during the procedure. After completing the procedure, we polish the teeth with a special fluoride polish treatment.
Routine brushing with animal-safe toothpaste will help keep your animals’ teeth in good condition. We carry a wide variety of animal-safe toothpaste at our clinic.
All dental procedures include anesthesia, bloodwork, IV catheters and fluids, ECG monitoring, scaling and polishing of teeth, pain management as well as post-operative intensive care. We also provide several optional pre-operative procedures that you can elect to have done for your animal.
A good website to visit to help maintain good oral health for your pet is the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC).
Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.
Common signs of dental disease include:
- Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
- Loose teeth
Even if your dog or cat doesn’t have these symptoms, we recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery.
Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body: Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. If these problems aren’t caught and treated quickly enough, they can result in death. A physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if infection in the mouth has spread.
Schedule your pet’s dental exam today! We can also show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup.