Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment
Your pet’s dental procedure, or COHAT, includes a thorough oral examination, full-mouth X-rays, periodontal charting, ultrasonic scaling and polishing, and, when necessary, surgical extractions of diseased teeth. We try very hard to preserve your pet’s normal dentition. However, in the presence of severe periodontal disease, tooth resorption, or fracture, the appropriate course of treatment is to extract the affected tooth.
Dental care is one of the most commonly neglected areas of pet care. Not surprisingly, then, the American Veterinary Dental Society estimates that more than 70% of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by the time they reach age 3. Though dogs are at a slightly higher risk for dental disease than cats, the fact remains that proper dental care can add up to 5 years to the life of your pet.
Some of the clinical symptoms of periodontal disease that your pet may display include:
- Pawing at the mouth/face rubbing
- Facial swelling
- Dropping food
- Bad breath
- Poor appetite/weight loss
- Jaw opening reflex (“chattering” of the lower jaw)
- Excessive drooling
- Resenting touch or manipulation of the head
- Oral bleeding
- Poor grooming (dull and matted coat in cats)
Why Pet Dental Care Is Important
Periodontal disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats. Regular dental care, including dental procedures under anesthesia, will help prevent and slow periodontal disease progression.
Other than bad breath, clinical signs of periodontal disease are difficult for owners to identify as they start below the gumline. Dental radiographs play a critical role in diagnosing early periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease occurs as plaque and bacteria spread below the gumline. During a dental procedure, we clean the under the gumline to remove plaque and bacteria and slow the progression of periodontal disease.