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September is Another Dental Month here at AMC!

Dental cleanings are highly recommended in canine and feline patients as dental disease is one of the most common problems seen in our patients. To help fight this disease, AMC is now offering 15% off dental cleaning in September as well as February. Patients must be current on a Rabies vaccine and heartworm test.

We now have a dental x-ray unit in house to help determine the state of the tooth root in our patients. This can help determine whether or not a tooth needs to be extracted by one of our doctors.

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

To get a full look at the animal's mouth, and to prevent stress to our patients, all animals that have this procedure done are put under a full anesthetic. Animals are monitored throughout the entire procedure by a doppler machine, doctor, and technician.

Just like in human dentistry, teeth are scaled to remove plaque and tartar buildup both above and below the gum line. After scaling, teeth are polished and rinsed to finish the procedure.

Laser therapy is an option offered to clients after the procedure to prevent bacterial growth and gingivitis. Pain medication is also offered to clients if extractions occur. Patients may also require IV fluid therapy if they are over 7 years old. Clients can still choose this option if the patients are under 7 to keep the patient hydrated throughout the procedure. Pre-Op bloodwork is also an option to clients.

What are common dental problems in Pets?

· Broken (fractured) jaw

· Cysts or tumors in the mouth

· Broken teeth and roots

· Abscesses or infected teeth

· Periodontal Disease

Have your pet’s teeth checked sooner if you observe any of the following problems:

· Bad Breath

· Bleeding from the mouth

· Swelling in areas around the mouth

· Abnormal chewing, crying, drooling, or dropping food while eating (signs of pain)

· Broken or loose teeth

Periodontal Disease in Pets

Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats. By the time your pet is 3 years of age, he or she will very likely have some early evidence of periodontal disease, which will worsen as your pet grows older. Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your pet’s mouth. Other conditions that may occur include liver, kidney, and heart muscle changes.

Periodontal disease starts with plaque that hardens into tartar. Plaque and tartar below the gumline is damaging and sets the stage for infection and damage to the jawbone and the tissues that connect the tooth to the jaw bone. However tartar above the gumline can often easily be seen and removed.

Treatment of periodontal disease involves a thorough dental cleaning. Your veterinarian will make recommendations based on your pet’s overall health and the health of your pet’s teeth, and provide you with options to consider.

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