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Veterinary Dental Cleaning at Yarmouth Veterinary Center
Your beloved pet faces many of the same dental challenges that the human members of your family do. Just as your family dentist emphasizes professional cleanings as a critical part of your own dental care, veterinarians recognize the need for periodic cleaning of teeth and gums to help ensure pets' health. While you can (and should) perform certain dental hygiene routines for your pet at home, you should also schedule regular dental cleanings from our team at Yarmouth Veterinary Center.
At Yarmouth Veterinary Center, a dental cleaning involves:
The biggest single threat to any animal’s teeth and gums is plaque. Dental plaque is a sticky, near-invisible substance made up of saliva and bits of dissolved food. This substance can form on the outer tooth surfaces, between the teeth, and below the gum line, where it is particularly difficult to remove. As the plaque attracts bacteria it hardens into a tough material known as tartar; at this point it is so firmly adhered to the teeth that nothing short of a professional cleaning will remove it. The bacteria that feed on tartar then proceed to eat away at the tooth enamel, causing the tooth to rot. The natural gap between gums and teeth (subgingival sulcis) begins to widen, forming periodontal pockets that permit increasing amounts of bacteria to burrow into the gums. From there, the bacteria destroy the tooth roots, underlying bone, and the tiny ligaments that hold the teeth in place. Over time, pets with periodontal disease typically suffer from dental pain, difficulty eating, foul breath, bleeding gums, and tooth loss. In the worst case scenario, the bacteria may even enter the bloodstream and attack the internal organs.
How Our Veterinarian Helps Protect Your Pet's Teeth
Fortunately, you can help your pet avoid these uncomfortable health threats. Our veterinarians offer comprehensive professional cleanings that can trip away even the most stubborn plaque and tartar. We perform these procedures under general anesthesia so your pet will remain calm and still at all times. (Anesthesia is always administered with the utmost care and careful monitoring by skilled personnel.) After sterilizing the oral cavity with antiseptic solution, we gently do a thorough job of removing all plaque and tartar (scaling) with the aid of a powered scaler and other dental instruments. We may also use a technique called root planing to scrape away accumulated tartar attached to the root underneath the gum line. This prevents bacteria from infiltrating further into your pet’s system. After scaling, we then polish the teeth and rinse the oral cavity with antiseptic once more. In some cases, we may also apply fluoride to give the teeth added protection against decay.
When you schedule a YVC dental cleaning, you’re getting an exceptional version of this procedure. We use the most effective dental cleaning tools on the market, including piezo-electric scalers that do a superior job of cleansing periodontal pockets without harming the gums or teeth. Contact our office today at 207-482-0493 to schedule a cleaning for your special animal!
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