Do you ever find yourself turning away from your pet’s wet, slobbery kisses or cringing when they want to cuddle up nice and close? Ever get the urge to reach for a breath mint whenever your furbaby comes near?
Bad breath is much more than just a nuisance, and it’s not something that pet owners simply have to learn to live with. To the contrary, it can be a sign that your pet may be suffering from a serious dental problem, up to and including periodontal disease. If left untreated, dental problems can lead to a host of other medical conditions throughout the entire body, from pain and tooth loss to heart and lung disease. Sadly, an estimated 68% of adult dogs and cats over the age of 3 are already experiencing some type of dental problem.
The mouths of our pets can be home to thousands of bacteria. Many of these bacteria will breed on the surfaces of the tooth and form an invisible layer called plaque. While some plaque can be removed naturally by your pet’s tongue and chewing habits, if the rest of it is allowed to remain on the tooth surface, the plaque will thicken, become mineralized and will then be visible as tartar. If not properly removed, this buildup can lead to gingivitis and eventually dental disease.
The good news is, helping your animal companion beat the odds is simple. All it takes is a commitment to ongoing dental care – both professional and at home. Blue Ridge Animal Hospital offers a full range of professional pet dentistry services, including routine preventative care as well as the advanced treatment of existing oral health problems.
Our dental services include dental exams, teeth cleaning and polishing, tooth extractions and minor oral surgery, as needed. All procedures are performed in our state of the art dental suite, using cutting edge equipment and the most modern pet dental care techniques available. Your pet will be safely sedated during all procedures, including cleanings, and will wake up feeling like a whole new dog or cat!
What is involved in a dental cleaning for my pet?
The goal of dental scaling and polishing is to remove the tartar and invisible plaque. Before a cleaning, your pet will receive a full physical and dental examination, blood work and customized pain management plan. The type of blood work performed will be based on your pet’s age and current health status. If your pet is less than 5 years of age, a basic profile will be performed while older pets typically receive more extensive blood work. This testing allows us to prepare ahead of time for any unexpected risks that may be unique to your pet.
Anesthetizing your pet during dental procedures allows us to be very thorough. Your pet’s teeth will be cleaned with an ultrasonic scaler and polished to remove any roughness left by the scaling. Once the calculus is removed, more tooth damage and root exposure may be uncovered, indicating the need for tooth extractions. Extractions will be done upon the veterinarian’s discretion, unless you specifically request otherwise. During the procedure, your pet will be carefully monitored to ensure his or her wellbeing at all times.
Following your pet’s dental procedure, we will promote healing and reduce inflammation through the use of our therapeutic laser. Finally, the teeth will receive a fluoride treatment and a dental sealant will also be applied. Chances are, your pet will be ready to be discharged by 5:30 PM the same day as the procedure.
The importance of home dental care…
In addition to the professional pet dentistry services we offer at BRAH, we also go above and beyond to support your role as an important member of your pet’s oral health care team. To that end, we will gladly provide demonstrations for home brushing techniques as well as offer advice and guidance on certain over the counter products that you can try that are designed to promote good dental health in pets.
Together we’ll work hard to help get your loved one smiling pretty so you’ll never have to shy away from those kisses ever again!
Blue Ridge Animal Hospital
224 W. Wade Hampton Blvd.
Greer, South Carolina 29650
Hours of Operation
Monday & Wednesday
Wednesday only closed 1-3PM
Tuesday & Friday
In the event of an emergency during our normal office hours please call ahead if possible and proceed directly to our practice. For after-hour emergencies, we advise that you contact the pet emergency center shown below:
Animal Emergency Clinic
Monday-Friday: 6pm - 8am
Saturday: 12 noon - Monday: 8am
Holidays: 12am - 12pm
The materials offered on this website are intended for educational purposes only. Blue Ridge Animal Hospital does not provide veterinary medical services or guidance via the internet. Please consult your pet's veterinarian in matters regarding the care of your animals.