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Kimberly Hobbs, DVM
Jennifer Dempsey, DVM
Kiersten Aplin, DVM
612 Geneva Drive, Oviedo, FL 32765 - Phone: (407) 365-6947
February was officially established as National Pet Dental Health Month in 1993 by the AVDS, the American Veterinary Dental College and the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY PET HAS A DENTAL CHECK UP?
When your pet is admitted to the hospital for a dental cleaning, it is usually after a recent physical exam that indicated that your pet had some level of periodontal disease, plaque accumulation or gingivitis. Studies have shown that 85% of all dogs and cats over one year old have some degree of periodontal disease.
Your pet is then handled by our technicians who obtain pre-anesthetic bloodwork. This gives the veterinarian an idea of your animal's liver and kidney function, screens for other blood disorders and gives us an idea of how well your animal will metabolize the anesthesia.
After the cleaning, weekly brushing is ideal to prevent further buildup of plaque. Weekly cleaning helps maintain the protective barrier your veterinarian established, and take less than 60 seconds. Home care is the single most important procedure the owner can do to maintain oral health. If performed regularly, weekly brushing will dramatically improve oral health and prolong the time between dental cleanings. The goal of dental home care is to remove plaque from tooth surfaces and gingival sulci before it mineralizes into calculus, a process that occurs within days of a teeth cleaning.
Home care is best started at a young age before the adult teeth erupt. The perfect time to introduce dental home care is at the first puppy or kitten visit. Clients often ask, "doesn't hard food keep teeth clean?" Some believe when their dog or cat chews on hard food or biscuits, mineral deposits are broken down and the teeth stay clean. This is not true. True, animals on soft diets accumulate plaque more readily than those on dry foods, but the only way to keep teeth clean above and below the gum line is by routine care.