Becker Animal Hospital | Pet Dentistry
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Pet Dentistry

A Happy, Healthy Smile!
A Happy, Healthy Smile!


Our MidMark Dental Scaling and Polishing Machine

 

Becker Animal Hospital offers a full range of pet dental services,
with basic dentals starting at $107 for dogs, and $96.21 for cats.

Did you know that your pet’s overall health and wellness can be affected by their oral health? According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop oral disease by the age of 3.

It is recommended that a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s teeth for its dental health at least once per year.

A dental evaluation will help spot the buildup of tartar formed by the accumulation of bacteria, food   and minerals found in your pet’s saliva.  This tartar then accumulates on  the teeth and surrounding gum tissue, causing inflammation and tooth disease.

toothbrush

Spotting an oral health problem early on is important

Dental disease can affect other organs in the body, because bacteria from tooth tartar can be pushed into the bloodstream and move to other areas. Serious issues such as kidney infections, liver disease, lung disease and heart valve disease may develop if the oral problem is not discovered and treated. This is true for both dogs and cats.

Signs of Oral Disease to look for:

  • Tartar buildup on the teeth
  • Red/swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Chewing or eating on one side of the mouth
  • Drooling or excessive salivation
  • Facial swelling under the eye

Our Dental Treatment Suite


 

Our dental suite includes a Midmark Vetpro 1000 Dental Delivery System complete with a ultra-sonic scaling hand piece and a polishing hand piece, the high speed/low speed drill with fiber optic lighting and a compressed air and water flush hand piece. This unit allows us to perform the most basic dental cleaning with polishing as well as the most sophisticated tooth extractions. Our drill and tooth sectioning hand piece allows us to carefully cut and remove the most infected tooth and to drill out any remaining tooth roots or other pathology located in the mouth. Our compressed air and water flush handle piece as well as the fiber optic light on our drill ensures that we have a clean and visible area to work on ensuring that the best possible job can be done in the delicate procedure of tooth sectioning and extraction.

Most dogs and cats need a dental cleaning at 5-7 years of age and every 2-3 years after that. The tartar on the teeth is a composite of mineral from saliva, bacteria and food particles. This is what we see initially as soft plaque but then hardens into tartar which then must be cleaned under general anesthesia with an ultra-sonic scaler. At this time that the pet is under anesthesia tooth extractions are done as well as any oral surgery that is needed. Antibiotics are crucial after dental and sometimes before as bacteria from the mouth will settle on the heart, kidneys and liver through the bloodstream.

A good dental cleaning is one of the fastest ways to improve your pets health and your pets vitality. Call us today for a free evaluation of your pet’s teeth.

We are your local, trusted provider for animal dentistry needs. If you have any questions, our knowledgeable team is always available to help over the phone at: 210-732-5148 or if you stop by our hospital at any time.