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Dentistry – Dental Care Services at GRAH Kingston

You’ve shed the January blues, the weather getting ever so slightly warmer, and guess what? It’s also National Pet Dental Health. Why should you pay attention? It’s simple really: because if your pet’s breath smells bad, they could have dental disease.

At Grah Kingston we are providing quality Cat & Dog Dental Care Services. We are known as one of the best dog dental vet clinics in Kingston.

We know the importance of our dental health. We wouldn’t dream of setting off for work in the morning without first cleaning our teeth and rightly so. For our pets, the same rules ought to apply; it’s important to look after our pets’ teeth, ensuring good health and freedom from disease and decay.

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Dentistry – Dental Care Services at GRAH Kingston

 

Dental disease begins with a small amount of plaque (formed of salivary deposits, bacteria, and food particles) forming on the tooth’s surface. If ignored, this can build up to form dental tartar (calculus), which in turn can cause marked gum disease and inflammation, leading to an array of pleasant conditions including gum recession, tooth root exposure, and decay of the periodontal ligament. Once severe dental disease manifests itself, your pet will require a scale and polish, but this will be the least of your worries as multiple tooth extractions can often be necessary.

Dental disease causes localized pain in the oral cavity and can affect the rest of your pet’s body too. The inflamed, damaged gums absorb the bacteria-ridden tartar and from there, it accesses the bloodstream and spreads throughout the body, affecting the heart and kidneys in particular. This can seriously impact your pet’s health overall, especially if they’re elderly, already unwell, or fragile in any other way.

If your pet has dental disease, the first symptom will more than likely be bad breath (halitosis). They could appear uncomfortable when they eat – often chewing with one side of their mouth or regularly dropping food.

Signs of Dental Problems:

Bad breath (halitosis)

Loss of appetite

Bleeding gums

Inflamed gums

Drooling

Pawing at the mouth (or any other sign of the mouth being sensitive)

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Dentistry – Dental Care Services at GRAH Kingston

Preventing Dental Problems

As with most pet ailments, prevention is far better than cure. There are numerous ways to prevent dental disease:

Dental diets – Several pet food companies now offer dental diets, designed to contest dental disease. Dental kibbles of a particular shape, size, and texture have a mild rough effect and are formulated to clean your pet’s teeth as they chew. Dental chews/treats – They work in much the same way as diets. Be wary, however, as some of them contain a high quantity of fat.

Dental hygiene – Tooth brushing is the gold standard of dental care for pets and, as with humans, it should be done every day. Use an appropriate animal toothbrush and paste. Restrain your pet firmly but kindly, go from back to front in a gentle, circular motion. If they don’t like the toothbrush, let them get used to the process – and having their teeth touched – by putting a dab of toothpaste on your finger and cleaning that way.

Pet owners are welcome to visit our Animal hospital in Kingston. We have Pet Dentists with years of experience who have done their jobs in Cat Dentistry and Dog Dentistry incredibly.

 

 

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What Happens on the Day of a Dental Procedure?

Dental health is an important part of your pet’s overall health. Periodontal disease is considered the most common disease in pets. 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have periodontal disease by the age of three. Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked yearly by a veterinarian. If periodontal disease is suspected, the veterinarian will recommend a dental procedure.

At Grah Kingston we are providing quality Cat & Dog Dental Care Services. We known as one of the best dog dental vet clinics in Kingston.

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What Happens on the Day of a Dental Procedure?

A dental procedure also called a Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment, and Treatment (COHAT) is a common procedure performed at Grah Kingston Animal Hospital. COHATs is 40% of the surgical procedures we perform in a year. On the morning of your pet’s scheduled dental procedure, you will meet with one of the veterinary technicians. They will go over an estimate, answer any questions you have, and have you sign a consent form.

If blood work hasn’t been run within the last month, a blood sample will be taken and run on our in-house blood analyzers. This pre-anesthetic blood profile analyzes the complete blood count, electrolytes, and liver and kidney values. These values let us know how well your pet’s internal organs are functioning, and help us decide which anesthetic medications are best for your pet.

Next, a sedative will be given to your pet to help calm them. We will place an intravenous catheter and start them on intravenous fluids. We will then give an anesthetic drug to allow us to place an endotracheal tube and place them on oxygen and gas anesthetic. A veterinary technician will be monitoring your pet’s heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, oxygenation, and temperature during the procedure.

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What Happens on the Day of a Dental Procedure?

A complete oral exam will be done by the veterinarian. The veterinarian will document any abnormalities such as missing or broken teeth, oral masses, and pockets around teeth indicative of periodontal disease. We will take digital dental radiographs (X-rays) of your pet’s mouth. Radiographs will show us any periodontal disease or root resorption that is happening below the gum line.

Sometimes the crown of a tooth looks normal, but the root of the tooth is breaking down (resorbing) or fractured. Tooth resorption becomes painful to your pet when it reaches the gum line. If any teeth need to be extracted, we will give dental nerve blocks (freezing) to help reduce pain. Once a tooth is extracted, the veterinarian will suture the site closed. These sutures will eventually dissolve on their own. A veterinary technician will finish by scaling and polishing your pet’s teeth.

Scaling removes plaque from all surfaces of the tooth, including underneath the gum line. Polishing leaves a smooth surface on the tooth, which helps prevent any bacteria or plaque from attaching to the tooth. Once the procedure is completed the gas anesthetic will be turned off, and your pet will wake up. If teeth were extracted, we will give them injectable pain medication to keep them comfortable.

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What Happens on the Day of a Dental Procedure?

We will place them in a kennel with lots of warm blankets, including a circulation warm water blanket. They will continue to receive intravenous fluids, which will help to flush any anesthetic medications from their system. The veterinary technician will continuously monitor your pet’s vital signs. We will call you with an update and will arrange a time for you to pick up your pet. We will go over home care, feeding, and medication instructions at discharge time.

If teeth were extracted, we will send home an oral pain medication that will need to be given for a few days after surgery. Sometimes we will also send home an oral antibiotic if there was a significant periodontal infection present. Your pet may need to be fed wet food or softened kibble if teeth were extracted, as to not disturb the healing gum tissue. We will schedule a recheck appointment to assess your pet’s mouth 7-10 days after surgery.

Pet owners are welcome to visit our Animal hospital in Kingston. We have Pet Dentists with years of experience who have done their jobs in Cat Dentistry and Dog Dentistry incredibly.