Dental Prophylaxis (dental cleaning)
As part of South Huntington's comprehensive pet health care, we recommend
that every pet be evaluated to determine if he or she is a candidate for a Dental
Prophylaxis (dental cleaning). Routine dental prophylaxis usually consists of
scaling, polishing, and barrier sealant, but may also include tooth extractions
and antibiotic therapy when indicated.
With recent advances in veterinary medicine, we're finding that good dental care
is among the most significant things you can do to add years and quality to your
Good dental care is important because:
*The natural buildup of tartar will lead to gingivitis, a painful gum infection.
*If your pet now has halitosis, or "bad breath", just imagine what it must be
like for him to have to live with that odor in his mouth 24 hours a day!
*Diseased gums and teeth can lead to other diseases that affect vital
organs such as the heart and kidneys.
*Poor dental health can affect your pet's nutrition, and therefore, their
*It is much less expensive to maintain your pet's oral health than it is to treat
severe tooth and gum disease (and related problems) later in life.
While the equipment we use to perform the actual cleaning and polishing is
the same type of equipment your dentist uses, there are often several
additional steps involved in the practice of veterinary dentistry. The biggest
difference between human and veterinary dentistry is our routine use of
Since a pet will not "open wide", the only way to do a thorough dental prophylaxis is to use
anesthesia. With your pet's utmost safety in mind, we will administer the most appropriate level of
anesthetics as dictated by age, weight and physical condition. This may require a pre-anesthetic
screening to measure your pet's liver and kidney functions to alert us to any potential complications
your pet might experience.
Possibly the most critical step in maintaining the clean teeth
and healthy gums — and thereby lengthening the time until the
next cleaning is needed — is Home Dental Care. Brushing
your pet's teeth is certainly a good idea, as is proper diet.
Also, we offer an exciting product, OraVet, which provides a
convenient and economical way to give your pet excellent oral
health care at home.