The field of veterinary dentistry has developed rapidly over the past fifteen years and is now approaching the same sophisticated techniques that are available in human dentistry. Research has proven that pets who have received modern veterinary dental procedures and professional cleaning have an increased life span and quality of life.
A diseased mouth can lead to diseases in the rest of the body, so we at Airport Pet Clinic strongly recommend annual dental exams, professional cleanings as needed, and a dedicated program of tooth brushing at home. When your pet needs a professional cleaning, the procedure is very thorough: an ultrasonic scaler is used to remove tartar above the gum line and hand instruments called curettes are used to remove tartar below the gum line. The teeth are polished, and we apply a fluoride treatment. At the same time, the teeth are checked for any minor fractures or gum problems, and we often use dental x-rays to examine the roots. We also offer root canals, periodontal therapy, restorations and minor orthodontics. If your pet has bad breath, drools or refuses to eat, they may need a dental cleaning!