Keeping your pet’s mouth clean and healthy is about more than bright, shiny teeth and fresh breath. Periodontal disease is one of the most common – and most preventable – diseases among pets. Bacteria from plaque and tartar that has built up on your pet’s teeth can enter the bloodstream, leading to problems with the heart, kidneys and other organs. Routine teeth cleanings can prevent these problems from occurring and can have a positive effect on your pet’s overall health.
The veterinarians and technical staff at Animal Medical & Surgical Center in Canton, GA provide your pet with state-of-the-art dental care. We use advanced dental digital radiology to produce clear, detailed x-rays of your pet’s teeth and mouth. This technology aids us in accurately diagnosing oral health issues and in performing procedures for pets, including thorough cleanings and tooth extractions.
In order to ensure that your pet is safe, still and comfortable, anesthesia is required for dental cleaning procedures. Because of this, our veterinarians thoroughly examine your pet before each cleaning. Laboratory blood tests, as well as other diagnostic procedures are also used to screen for potential problems and risks before anesthesia is administered. Using these results, we develop a safe anesthetic protocol specifically for your pet.
The health of teeth and gums can have far reaching effects on your pet’s overall health. Because of this, we strongly emphasize preventive dental care, such as brushing, dental chews and oral rinses, as well as teeth cleanings for your pet.
The Animal Medical & Surgical Center of Cherokee County, Georgia, provides complete veterinary dental care for dogs and cats. During a dental cleaning, our technicians remove tartar from your pet’s teeth with a hand scaler. Next, a periodontal probe is used to check for pockets under the gumline – where periodontal disease and bad breath start. An ultrasonic scaler is used to clean above the gumline and a curette is used to clean and smooth the teeth under the gumline and in the crevices. Finally, all teeth are polished and an anti-bacterial solution is used to help delay future tartar build-up.
Following your pet’s dental cleaning, our staff will discuss with you how to care for your pet’s teeth, and ways to prevent periodontal disease. We recommend the following home brushing tips:
Specially formulated pet foods and treats are also helpful in keeping your pet’s teeth healthy. Our veterinarians can help you develop a preventive dental care plan best for your pet.
“My Scottie had his teeth cleaned and had to have 2 extractions. Everything was done wonderfully, professionally, and careingly. I have used this Center since 1995 and never had a complaint. They are all like my other family! Thank you Dr. T. Amanda and the wonderful ladies on the phones and front desk.” - patk, Canton Oct 16, 2014