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The Best Pet Dental Care in Norman

Regular dental care does more than just keep your pet's breath fresh and clean. At Rose Rock Veterinary Hospital, we are dedicated to keeping your pet's mouth clean and healthy. We offer extensive dental care for pets, including dental scaling, polishing and tooth extractions.

Why Pet Dental Care is Important

Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet's health and can often be the cause of serious illness. Dental problems, if left untreated, can often lead to larger systemic problems in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver. Pets have dental disease just like you do. Many of these problems can be avoided by bringing your pet to your veterinarian for regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings. Bad breath and/or reddened gums are the most common signs of dental problems.

Some signs of dental problems include:

  • Bad breath - one of the first signs of dental disease
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

What Happens During a Cleaning

Veterinary dentistry is quite different from the equivalent process in people. For most of us, caring for our teeth and gums has been part of our daily routine for as long as we can remember. Consequently, a person's visit to the dentist is relatively brief and does not require sedation. In contrast, veterinary dentistry is considerably more involved, time-consuming and complex. Cleaning a pet's teeth requires general anesthesia, and consequently a day of hospitalization. The skills of several people, from veterinarians to veterinary technicians and animal attendants are required for each dental procedure.

Dental Care

At Rose Rock Veterinary Hospital, your pet's dental cleaning begins with a physical examination. This examination is important for evaluating your pet's general health. After the physical exam, your pet is given an anesthetic for a safe and painless sleep during the dental cleaning. The first part of dental cleaning requires the removal of tartar. This is done with a hand scaler. Next, an ultrasonic scaler is used to clean above the gumline while a curette cleans and smoothes the teeth under the gumline in the crevice. Then your pet's teeth are polished and the gums are washed with an anti-bacterial solution to help delay tartar build-up.

Dental Radiographs

An examination does not always reveal all sources of pain in an animal's mouth; therefore, we perform full mouth radiographs during routine dental cleanings. A dental radiograph will detect disease and potential pain that may be occurring under the gums.

Extractions and Surgery

In advanced cases of periodontal disease, oral surgery or tooth extractions are required. The veterinarians at Rose Rock Veterinary Hospital perform a wide range of dental procedures.

Prevention: The Best Medicine

Dental care does not end with a visit to your veterinarian. You need to continue your veterinarian's good work at home. Brushing your pet's teeth is an important part of home dental care. Any member of the Rose Rock Veterinary Hospital team can show you the proper method of brushing your pet's teeth.

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