Centretown Veterinary Hospital

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Dentistry

[Cat licking a toothbrush]
If only it were this easy!

Your Veterinarian is also a trained Dentist, and therefore although most pets don’t get their teeth brushed daily most do visit the dentist once a year. The problem comes when something has to be done. Your pet won’t stay still while the delicate process of removing tartar form above and below the gum line and smoothing out the teeth is carried out. They therefore need to be anaesthetized before any dental intervention can be undertaken. The inhalant anaesthesia used during this procedure is the same as that used in human medicine and is very safe.

During the dentistry each tooth and its supporting structure is individually examined. All the plaque and tartar is removed above and below the gum line, and the pockets below the gum line are cleaned and flushed. The teeth are then polished and fluoride is applied. The polishing is often the overlooked step in animal dentistry when plaque is scrapped off while the patient is awake. This scraping causes gouges in the tooth enamel and leaves it susceptible to more rapid, further decay.