Low cost dentals are now offered at our Wellness Clinics. Dental care is extremely important for the health of your pet. Scaling and polishing your pet’s teeth will remove plaque and tartar that are responsible for gingivitis and bad breath. Read more about Periodontal disease below. For a routine scaling and polishing, dentals start as low as $200 for households with an annual income less than $40,000 and $250 and up for non–discounted dentals. Extractions and other recommended services by the veterinarian are additional.
Why does my pet need a dental?
Periodontal disease affects the tissues that support and anchor the teeth. Signs include gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis, inflammation of the gums, is caused by plaque and bacteria that may be present on the teeth and under the gum line. Periodontitis is more severe, involving inflammation of the deeper structures that support the teeth. Plaque is a biofilm caused by bacteria in the mouth. Tartar, a calcified form of plaque, is often the most visible sign of dental disease. Plaque and tartar can also be present under the gum line causing a severe inflammatory response. Dental disease may cause pain, difficulty eating, or other medical problems and should be treated as recommended by your veterinarian.
How is periodontal disease treated?
Your veterinarian will likely recommend a dental prophylaxis (cleaning) to treat and prevent further progression of the disease. This is done under general anesthesia to allow for thorough examination and cleaning, including under the gum line. Your veterinarian may take dental radiographs. Depending on the severity of the disease, other procedures may need to be performed, such as extractions. You will need to take your pet to your veterinarian to determine the best course of treatment.
How is periodontal disease prevented?
Although it cannot replace a professional scaling and polishing by your veterinarian, routine at-home tooth-brushing is the most effective means of minimizing the progression of dental disease in between professional cleanings. Always use toothpaste specifically formulated for pets, and gradually train your pet to accept tooth brushing. If you are unsure how to brush your pet’s teeth ask your veterinarian for instructions. Special chews, foods, water additives, and other products are also available to help prevent dental disease. Consult with your veterinarian on which products are right for your pet.