A Keystone of Health

Dentistry for dogs and cats.

As a responsible pet owner, you take good care of your pet. But do you always remember to take care of his/her teeth? Pets have dental diseases and problems just like people and they can be painful. Many of these problems can be avoided by bringing your pet to Central Broward Animal Hospital for regular Plantation pet dental check-ups and cleanings.
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Your Pet’s Dental Cleanings

For most of us, caring for our teeth and gums has been part of our daily routine for as long as we can remember. Consequently, a person’s visit to the dentist is relatively brief and does not require sedation. In contrast, your pet’s dental care is considerably more involved, time consuming and complex. It requires general anesthesia and a day’s hospitalization – along with the skills of several people, from veterinarians to veterinary technicians and assistants.

Pre-Dental Workup

A pre-dental workup involves laboratory and diagnostic tests to better evaluate your pet’s health status and assure safe anesthesia. Current medical problems must be evaluated and any possible unknown problems must be identified prior to dentistry.

For all pets, regardless of age, we take a brief in-hospital blood screen. For older animals, a complete blood count (CBC) and blood chemistry profile is performed prior to the dentistry.

Your pet’s dental cleaning begins with a physical examination. This is important to evaluate your pet’s general health. After the physical exam, your pet is given anesthesia for a safe and painless sleep during the dental cleaning.

Since over 60 percent of oral disease is hidden and exists below the gum line, the first part of the process involves dental x-rays. This helps us make sure that all the teeth are healthy and not painful before they are cleaned. The next step of the dental cleaning requires the removal of tartar. This is done by hand, using tartar forceps.

Next, an ultrasonic scaler is used above and below the gum line. Once the teeth have been thoroughly cleaned, a periodontal probe is used to check for pockets below the gum line. Deep pockets mean periodontal disease and infection. If deep pockets are found, they are cleaned by hand using a curette to remove plaque and tartar from the exposed root surfaces. If necessary, dental x-rays are taken to help guide further treatment. Your pet’s teeth are then polished, creating a smooth surface. The gums are washed with an anti-bacterial solution to help delay tartar build-up both below the gum line and on the crown of the tooth.

Pre-Dental Workup

A pre-dental workup involves laboratory and diagnostic tests to better evaluate your pet’s health status and assure safe anesthesia. Current medical problems must be evaluated and any possible unknown problems must be identified prior to dentistry.

For all pets, regardless of age, we take a brief in-hospital blood screen. For older animals, a complete blood count (CBC) and blood chemistry profile is performed prior to the dentistry.

Your pet’s dental cleaning begins with a physical examination. This is important to evaluate your pet’s general health. After the physical exam, your pet is given anesthesia for a safe and painless sleep during the dental cleaning.

Since over 60 percent of oral disease is hidden and exists below the gum line, the first part of the process involves dental x-rays. This helps us make sure that all the teeth are healthy and not painful before they are cleaned. The next step of the dental cleaning requires the removal of tartar. This is done by hand, using tartar forceps.

Next, an ultrasonic scaler is used above and below the gum line. Once the teeth have been thoroughly cleaned, a periodontal probe is used to check for pockets below the gum line. Deep pockets mean periodontal disease and infection. If deep pockets are found, they are cleaned by hand using a curette to remove plaque and tartar from the exposed root surfaces. If necessary, dental x-rays are taken to help guide further treatment. Your pet’s teeth are then polished, creating a smooth surface. The gums are washed with an anti-bacterial solution to help delay tartar build-up both below the gum line and on the crown of the tooth.