Our Huntersville vets provide veterinary dental and oral care for cats and dogs in Huntersville and throughout Mecklenburg County.
Just like humans, cats and dogs need to have regular dental examinations and hygiene to keep their teeth strong and healthy.
Our veterinarians provide complete dental care, including professional cleanings, dental x-rays, dental surgery, and client education on at-home dental care.
Your pet should have dental appointment at least once a year, and more often if they are prone to dental problems.
Your pet's annual dental cleaning and exam will include the following elements.
The following symptoms may be a sign of a dental problem in your pet:
First, a thorough preanesthetic physical exam will be performed on your pet.
We will evaluate your pet's blood and urine to ensure your pet can safely undergo anesthesia. Additional diagnostics such as an ECG or chest radiographs will also be conducted, if needed.
Once your pet is under anesthesia, we will perform a full oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting.
Next, we will clean and polish the crowns of the teeth and under the gum line.
Each tooth is probed and radiographed. A fluoride treatment is then applied to each tooth.
Finally, a dental sealant is applied to retard the attachment of plaque. If advanced periodontal disease is found, a treatment plan will be developed and discussed with you at the end of the day.
A follow-up examination will be scheduled two weeks after the assessment and treatment appointment.
At this visit, we will discuss implementing teeth brushing at home as well as other products available that can help improve your pet's oral health.
When you visit the dentist, you understand that the process is designed to keep your mouth healthy. Your dentist can explain procedures to you, and so you accept them and let the dentist get on with it.
Cats and dogs do not understand any of this – and so they react by trying to escape or even biting. We perform all dental procedures under anaesthesia because it allows us to care for your pet's teeth safely, and with less stress for the animal.