Dental care of dogs and cats is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care; however, it is necessary to provide optimum health and quality of life. Diseases of the oral cavity, if left untreated, are often painful and can lead to more serious health problems including heart, lung and kidney disease. Since animals can’t tell you when they have dental or oral disease, regular oral examinations are recommended. Statistics show that 8 of 10 dogs over the age of three are affected with dental problems!
At Poland Animal Hospital, we take great pride in the excellent quality of oral health care we provide. There is really no “typical cleaning”, as most of the patients we see have individual needs and problems. Every professional dental cleaning starts with a review of the patient’s general health and any previous dental history. All pets, old or young, need to be anesthetized for their teeth to be scaled, polished, probed and charted properly and safely. Because a professional dental cleaning requires plaque and tartar to be removed both above and below the gum line, your pet’s dental health care team will need to have your pet’s mouth open and unmoving to be able to perform the procedure safely and thoroughly.