Dental Health is one of the most important but underutilized aspects of veterinary medicine.
I wish I had a nickel for every time a client asked me what animals do in “the wild” when it comes to dental procedures and dental health. Regardless of which species of animal we are speaking of, the answer is the same. The one with the best teeth wins. Nature has natural selection to weed out problem teeth or problem mouths. Of course, human kind has interceded with nature and created a few breed combinations and genetic lines that are not the best in terms of oral health. There are many factors that affect dental health but lets also not forget diet as a key source of problems. We love to feed our animals in a way that is not always natural for them. Obviously wild dogs and cats do not eat from a can. Thankfully, we can provide assistance to keep their mouths in good shape despite natural variations. After all, longevity is the goal, right? Not natural selection.
Dogs and cats often need to have the tartar scaled off and their teeth polished and made hunting ready. Of course if a tooth gets infected and there is gum disease, it is healthier to get that tooth out and remove a source of bacteria that can lead to systemic disease. Heart failure, kidney disease and other major issues can occur from “bad teeth”. We are increasing our focus on dental health at our practice and are currently providing dental radiography and more complicated extraction techniques so that more procedures can be performed in house with fewer referrals needed. We are always striving to provide more complete services and better ways to care for your pets in a trusted environment.
Dental health is all apart of having happy healthy animals that eat pain free and live long healthy lives.