Pet Dental Care
At Tender Touch, we know that dental health is about more than just a pretty smile. The heart, liver, and kidneys can be affected by poor dental health and periodontal disease. We believe that prevention is key and starting good habits is essential to good dental health. At the same time, genetics do play a role and we offer services to maintain dental health when prevention alone is not enough.
Warning signs of dental disease:
- decreased appetite
- weight loss
- behavior changes such as hiding alot or agression
- chattering or grinding teeth
- dropping food or refusing treats
- swelling of the face or jaw
- blood in saliva or excessive drooling
The key is to catch dental disease BEFORE you notice the above by scheduling regular veterinary visits so that we may address any potential problems early.
Puppies can have problems too!
If your puppy has fractured one of its baby teeth, this tooth needs to be extracted as soon as possible to prevent damage to the permanent tooth that is developing right behind it. If he or she has retained teeth which may be noted at one of his or her puppy visits, we may need to discuss extraction of the teeth to ensure proper allignment.
Once you or your veterinarian discover the above, a dental procedure will most likely be recommended.
- General anesthesia with a full array of monitoring equipment. Please note that anesthesia-free dental scaling is NOT recommended by the American Veterinary Dental College and thus ALL patients are placed under general anethesia.*
- Full oral examination to evaluate structures that are not normally examined in an awake patient (tonsils, roof of the mouth, base of the tongue, etc)**
- Dental radiographs**
- Extractions if indicated**
- Cleaning of the teeth
- subgingival scaling and polishing
- Biopsies of masses or any other abnormal tissue if indicated
* Anesthesia details - no anesthesia is 100% risk free and thus anesthesia is a natural concern when pursuing a dental procedure. However, appropriately administered general anesthesia is extremely low risk when combined with a full examination to evaluate the health of the patient, pre-anesthetic bloodwork, and use of our anesthetic monitoring equipment.
**All information is written down on our dental examination sheet and included in the patient record for further reference