Why Dentistry Matters
In general, if there are any small problems detected like plaque build-up or gingivitis, your vet will recommend a dental prophylaxis, or teeth cleaning. Otherwise, these problems will grow over time, potentially leading to periodontal disease, infection, pain, and the loss of the tooth or teeth.
At Fairfax Veterinary Clinic, we are also able to perform simple dental prophylaxis procedures, as well as more complex pet dentistry, such as extracting teeth, and providing oro-gingival surgery.
What to Expect
Afterwards, your pet may require antibiotics or pain medications, depending on the nature of the procedure performed and the extent of dental disease that was present. You will be provided with instructions about oral care for your pet in order to promote dental health going forward. The frequency with which pets need dental cleanings is highly variable, and depends on the homecare you provide them (tooth brushing), as well as their diet and their unique genetic predisposition to dental disease. Your vet at the Fairfax Veterinary Clinic will help assess your pet’s oral health, and help decide an appropriate interval for teeth cleaning.
It’s important that you monitor your pet’s teeth as well. If you notice any tooth problems, pain for your pet, or foul odors or bad breath, contact us at the Fairfax Veterinary Clinic.