Belcrest Animal Clinic offers advanced professional dental treatments for your pet. Our facility utilizes the latest veterinary dental technology to help prevent dental disease, which can compromise your pet’s quality of life if left untreated. Dental disease can quickly progress and lead to pain, infection, tooth loss, and possible infection of other organs. With regular dental exams and proper at-home care, you can prevent the symptoms of dental diseases such as:
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Red, inflamed gums
- Yellow, brown or discolored teeth
- Swollen mouth, jaws or gums
- Pain or irritation when eating
- Reduced appetite
- Weight loss
Preventative Dental Care
Our preventative, routine dental care includes complete ultrasonic scaling, root planing, and polishing. We place your pet under safe anesthesia and perform a comprehensive oral examination. We examine individual teeth for mobility, fractures, malocclusion and periodontal disease. We remove plaque and tartar using hand instruments and power scaling equipment. We give your pet’s teeth a thorough ultrasonic cleaning and polishing. The procedures are quick and relatively painless, and your pet will go home the same day.
Digital dental radiography (or digital x-ray) is an advanced dental imaging technique that allows us to examine individual teeth for bone loss, hidden fractures, or abscesses that not be apparent on initial examination. The digital images can be developed within a few seconds which reduces the amount of radiation exposure your pet receives and allows us to diagnose and treat your pet rapidly.
At-Home Dental Care
Brushing your pet’s teeth every day will greatly reduce the plaque buildup on their teeth. Plaque is an accumulation of bacteria that eventually progresses to an inflammatory disease called periodontitis. Over time, periodontitis affects the structure that supports the teeth and will cause oral pain and chronic infections. If left untreated, it will loosen and destroy the tooth and can even lead to bone loss.
With just a few simple steps, brushing your dog or cat’s teeth at home can be the most effective means of removing plaque from your pet’s teeth. Our staff can help you learn how to effectively care for your dog or cat’s teeth at home. Please call us if you have any questions on how to brush your pet’s teeth, or discuss at-home dental care with us during their annual wellness exam.