February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and Baring Boulevard Veterinary Hospital is joining in. You may ask “Are you serious?”. Yes we are. Pet dental health is very serious. You take care of your own teeth multiple times every single day, but most of us can’t or don’t give the same kind of attention to our pets teeth. Because of this, 85% of household pets suffer from dental disease. Once pets have reached this point, a professional dental cleaning is necessary to address the disease.
So what does a professional dental cleaning entail? It is an anesthetized procedure in which a team of our doctors, veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants evaluate and treat whatever problems are present. The evaluation includes a full dental charting and periodontal diagnostics including radiographs of any questionable or affected teeth. The teeth are then cleaned using an ultrasonic device to clean the visible surface of the teeth, but most importantly below the gum line where the most serious disease occurs. If any teeth need advanced procedures, such as periodontal antibiotic infusion, sealing and bonding, or extraction, those are performed at this time. The teeth are then polished to complete the procedure and your pet is recovered in our post anesthesia ICU.
These procedure are performed at BBVH every weekday, year round, but if you schedule during February you will receive a $35 discount off the cost of the dental cleaning, dental health kit (valued at about $15). If you have any questions about these procedures or would like to schedule your pets dental evaluation, please call our office. We also are happy to have you swing your dog or cat by for what we call a “flip of the lip” exam, where one of our doctors or technicians will do a free check on your pets teeth to better tell you if a dental procedure is necessary, and if so, what it will likely entail.