Pets should see their Veterinarian once a year for a routine cleaning and oral examination starting at about age 2-3 years old. Some pets may need to see the Veterinarian sooner if they have an overbite, underbite, extra puppy teeth that haven’t fallen out, or are just unfortunately not blessed with good teeth. It is a proven fact that more frequent dog denetal care cleanings help prevent periodontal disease and associated complications such as kidney disease and heart issues like endocarditis. Optimistically speaking, the more frequently you have your pets teeth cleaned, the shorter the procedure will be and the less expensive.
Before the Oral Examination and Dental Procedure even starts, our veterinarian team will prep your pet to have the safest experience under anesthesia. We do a pet care examination and evaluation of your pet prior to the procedure and include pre-operative bloodwork with the assessment to gauge liver/kidney function and other parameters important to anesthesia. It may also be necessary for your pet to go on oral antibiotics a few days prior to the procedure depending on the severity of the dental tartar/infection. We also place an intravenous catheter to deliver medications in case of an emergency and start your pet on intravenous fluids during the procedure to maintain blood pressure and promote good circulation. Your pet is also fully monitored during the procedure for heart rate and electrical activity (ECG), respiratory rate and oxygenation (SPO2), blood pressure, and body temperature. We also have a variety of anesthetics, injectable and inhalant, that we can choose from to best suit your individual pet’s needs.
At the Animal Medical Center of Jupiter, we actually practice Adanced Veterinary Dentistry; we don’t just clean teeth. By that, we mean that during the time of your dog’s dental care cleaning (above and below the gum line ultrasonic scaling, above and below the gumline polishing, and application of a plaque prevention gel), we also have a doctor perform a complete oral examination and chart the teeth for periodontal pocket depth, any gingivitis, missing teeth, crooked teeth, crowded teeth, etc). If your pet is diagnosed with a major dental issue, we can perform the treatments here ourselves with our innovative and top of the line equipment to include root canals, gingival flaps, caps, and many other advanced oral procedures.
Every time your pet has a dental prophylaxis cleaning and treatment at the Animal Medical Center of Jupiter, we will perform full mouth dental x-rays. These allow us to examine the areas we can’t see below the gum line. You would be amazed at the problems causing oral pathology we diagnose simply because we do oral x-rays during each dog dental care procedure. It is also imperative to identify sources of pain and discomfort for your pet that would otherwise go unnoticed. We have diagnosed pets that seemed to have missing teeth with roots still intact, pets with known previous extractions to have root tips left behind because they were not done with dental x-rays, abscesses at the root well below the gum line, lesions where the roots are actually dissolving away and bone is taking it place, etc. This is an important and vital step to any Dental Prophylaxis Cleaning and Treatment. Think about it, your dentist takes x-rays of your oral cavity at least once a year, why would it be any different for your pet? Especially if they don’t have their teeth brushed every day?
Our veterinarian team works diligently to keep the cost of preventative pet care dentals to a minimum to encourage their use. We have also included them as an option in some of our Packaged Preventative Care Plans