Proper dental care is an important part of keeping your pet healthy.  Sycamore Veterinary Hospital offers full preventative dental care for your canine and feline companions.  This includes comprehensive cleanings, tooth extractions and gingival flap procedures for large tooth extractions.

Why is  dental care so important for your pet?  Periodontal disease, caused by a build up of bacteria and plaque on your pet’s teeth and gums, can lead to bleeding and inflammation of the gums and the eventual loss of teeth.  But, the effects of periodontal disease are not limited to your pet’s mouth.  As the disease progresses, bacteria can travel through the blood and damage the heart, liver and kidneys.  More than 80% of dogs and cats have periodontal disease, and while it is extremely common, it is also highly preventable.

What Does Dentistry Involve?  Your pet’s dental cleaning begins with a general examination in order to evaluate his or her overall health and help us develop an anesthetic plan.  Because veterinary dental procedures are more involved than human dental procedures, anesthesia is required to keep your pet still, prevent stress and discomfort, and to allow for a thorough cleaning.  First, tartar is removed from the teeth using a hand scaler.  A periodontal probe checks for pockets under the gumline where periodontal disease and bad breath start.  An ultrasonic scaler is used to clean above the gumline, while a curette cleans and smooths the teeth under the gumline in the crevices.  Next, your pet’s teeth are polished, creating a smooth surface.  Finally, the entire mouth is rinsed with an antibacterial solution to help delay tartar buildup, both under the gumline and on the crown of the tooth.  In advanced cases of periodontal disease, tooth extractions may be necessary.