Ongoing dental care is one of the most important aspects of your pet’s physical health care. At Warrick Veterinary Clinic, we have special training and interest in oral health, and we recommend routine dental cleanings to ensure that your pet’s mouth remains healthy and clean. Preventing tooth and gum disease (oral disease), in turn, helps to minimize incidents of heart, liver, and kidney disease.
To provide your pet with the best possible dental care, we have developed a special dental staging program that involves diagnosing (including radiology), scaling, polishing, and treating teeth. With this program, your pet’s anesthetic episodes can be reduced, tartar and bacteria can be removed, and system antibiotic use can be decreased. You can learn more about our two-stage program in the next section.
Dental Staging Program
When your pet comes in for a complete professional dental, you can expect the most thorough care for them. Our two-stage dental program allows us to perform a full analysis of the mouth, which then allows us to perform the most effective cleaning and treatment. The program includes:
Stage 1: Diagnostics, Scaling, and Polishing
- Pre-anesthetic blood work (fasting required)
- Anesthetized oral exam with charting, full mouth X-rays, and dental cleaning
- Antibiotic gel applied to save teeth (Clindoral)
- Oral biopsy, if warranted
- Discharge appointment
Stage 2: Oral Treatment
- Oral surgery (fasting required)
- Bone grafts
- Oral restorations
If you’d like to learn more about oral disease, including the signs and how to prevent it, or about our dental staging program, please view the following What Is Oral Disease handout. Remember that your pet needs to be examined by our team at least once per year, and dental cleanings are recommended for them on a regular basis, just like they are recommended for humans! If you have questions or concerns about your pet’s oral health, please contact us so that we can assist you.