Virtual Dentistry

Let's start off right at the point:Why get your pet's teeth professionally cleaned? The answer is simple: Health. It's all about keeping your pet healthy so they can live long healthy lives.Take this for example, Everyone has had that bad day where they woke up and left the house forgetting to brush their teeth. All day long your breath is bad and you can feel the plaque on your teeth with your tongue. Basically you can't wait to get home and BRUSH! So, How would you feel if you didn't brush your teeth in a month? a year?, 5 years? or more? Now you know how your pet feels, but what about their overall health? Unfortunately when teeth aren't cleaned regularly periodontal disease and gingivitis are at high risk which can lead to heart, liver and kidney failure if left untreated.

Some signs to look out for:

Bad breath

Changes in eating habits

Yellow to brown crust on teeth

Bleeding gums

The signs are the same in humans as in animals. If you take good care of your teeth why not your pet's. Brushing is a great way to help eliminate these problems. Also a yearly dental cleaning at your veterinarian's is a great way to fight problems that never have to be your family friend's.We have posted pictures of some of our patient's teeth (before and after their yearly cleaning) with permission from their owners, so you may better your knowledge of what to look for and why it is a great investment to your pet's health. Look to the bottom of this page.Here are some websites with information on how to keep your pet's teeth clean which in turn will make them happier as our clients have noticedsince receiving a dental cleaning.Oravet WebsiteDental InformationHere are three steps we recommend to keep your pet's teeth clean and free of disease:

1.Chew - There are certain oral hygiene chews you can purchase through your veterinarian that contain chlorhexidine which with the combination of chewing help prevent plaque build up.

2.Rinse - Another way to help protect teeth is rinsing with C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Rinse or Gel which contains ZincChlorhexidate. This agent fights plaque as well.

3.Brush - Brushing is the best method to clean teeth and must be done daily just as you or I would. You must use special toothpaste without fluoride because animals can not swallow the fluoride in our regular toothpaste. C.E.T. brand toothpaste contain oral enzymes that are meant to be swallow and work with the saliva. They are safe and effective.*Above all nothing can replace a yearly professional cleaning.*

1.pngTrillian was Dr. Teresa's 14 year old dog who was her son's dog. She is very special to Dr. Teresa. Trill's day starts by getting a weight.

2.pngDr. Teresa listens to Trill's heart and lungs to make sure nothing has changed since her last physical examination.

3.pngWe give a tranquilizer to calm her nerves and help reduce the amount of anesthesia we need to use.

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We prepare her leg for placement of her IV catheter. This allows use of intravenous medications and fluids.

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The last piece of tape is placed to hold the IV in place for the day.

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Here, the technician is taking Trill's temperature to make sure it is normal. Normal temperature for a dog is 100-102.5.

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She is now prepped for the procedure. The next step is evaluating her blood work.

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Sarah prepares her injectable anesthetic...

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...While Charlene runs Trillian's blood work.

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Once the doctor evaluates her blood work and determines it's normal, Sarah can give her an injection of Buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is an injectable pain killer but also part of her anesthetic protocol to allow us to use less inhalant anesthesia, which is safer.

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Now, she is ready for her injectable anesthesia.

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She falls asleep and we place an endotracheal tube to control her oxygen and inhalant anesthesia intake.

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This is some of the monitoring equipment we use during a dental procedure. We track blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen, respirations and expired carbon dioxide.

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Here is our digital x-ray machine. It allows us to process x-rays instantly and determine if your pet needs special attention to any teeth.

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Here are some of our different views of digital x-rays. We highly recommend full mouth x-rays with each dental cleaning to evaluate below the gumline.

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During the oral exam, we check for pockets, loose teeth, erosive lesions (similar to cavities), missing teeth, extra teeth and gum recession.

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We take before cleaning pictures to give clients a good picture of how their pet's teeth look.

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We use a Piezoelectric scaler to remove the plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth, both above and below the gum line. Then we polish the teeth to remove any pits in the enamel that would allow bacteria to set up housekeeping again.

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This is the picture of Trill's teeth after her cleaning.

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The foam-like material on her teeth is a fluoride foam that strengthens her enamel. This is the only time we can put it in their mouths since they would swallow it. We wipe it off after a couple minutes.