Learn more about our pet dentistry services below.
Pet Dentistry In Kennett Square, PA
Let Cypress Veterinary Clinic examine your pet’s mouth and discuss your pet’s dental needs! Our dental services include:
- Complete Oral Assessment and Treatment Plans (COHAT)
- Digital dental radiography
Dental disease is the number one disease veterinarians see in our companion animals. Just like in people, the gold standard of care is brushing. But we all know how that goes with cats and dogs! Tartar starts to accumulate on a tooth within a few days when it is not kept clean, and this provides a rough surface to allow further plaque accumulation. Periodontal disease (gum disease) is the result of a bacterial infection, from the buildup of plaque on the tooth surface, along the gum line. This can lead to an infection of the bone surrounding the teeth. The bone and ligaments are what keep the tooth attached properly. Hard tartar, or calculus, is made of calcium salts from the saliva that sticks to the accumulated plaque. Once it becomes thick it is difficult to remove without dental instruments.
Signs of dental disease are:
- pain when chewing
- decreased appetite
- backing away from the food bowl
- hissing (cats)
- opening the mouth and gagging at food bowl (cats)
- bad breath
- loose teeth or teeth that are falling out
- red or inflamed or bleeding gums
- missing teeth
- excessive drooling and pawing at the mouth
If you notice any of these symptoms, please call for an appointment.
Besides the above consequences of dental disease, studies have shown that animals with severe periodontal disease have more severe microscopic damage to their kidneys, heart muscle, and liver than do animals with less severe dental disease.
All of our dentals require general anesthesia.
Please note, all anesthetic and surgical procedures, regardless of age, require pre-anesthetic blood work within 4 weeks of the procedure.