Why should you be concerned about your pet’s dental health? Veterinary dentistry, much like human dentistry, includes preventive care, cleaning, adjustment, filing, extraction and repair of teeth. These procedures are performed by a veterinarian or a board-certified veterinary dentist. In some areas veterinary technicians are also allowed to perform certain dental procedures under the supervision of a veterinarian. Typical steps of a dental exam:
• The veterinarian will perform an overall oral exam
• X-rays may be needed to evaluate the health of the jaw and tooth roots below the gum line
• Dental cleaning under anesthesia includes scaling that will remove dental plaque and tartar; and also polishing. Most dental disease occurs below the gum line where you can’t see it. Damage may already be occurring even though the teeth look healthy.
To read more about the importance of pet dental health and care from the AVMA, go to: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Pet-Dental-Care.aspx