Dental health is so important to your pet’s overall physical health, and the team at Little River Veterinary Clinic works closely with each pet and each pet owner to ensure that all dental needs are met. When your pet comes in for their annual physical exam, we explore their oral cavity to identify if tartar and plaque buildup is critical and a professional dental cleaning is required. When there is buildup on the surfaces of your pet’s teeth, toxins can leak into their blood stream through the gums, affecting the organs that filter the blood and causing serious internal issues!
Digital Dental X-Rays
In order to ensure that we’re providing truly exceptional care to our patients, we proudly utilize the incredible technology of the digital dental x-ray. This technology allows us to see dental disease that lies below the gum line, in areas not visible to the naked eye. We can identify such issues as damaged teeth, cavity-like lesions within the teeth, disease in the gum line, and more. Our findings will help us to determine whether an extraction is necessary, or if your pet should be referred to a veterinary dental specialist for further oral care, such as a root canal or other therapy.
Professional Dental Cleanings
As with our veterinary surgery services, at Little River Veterinary Clinic we utilize the highest level of safety when performing veterinary dentistry. If your pet is in need of a professional dental cleaning, we perform these under anesthesia. Anesthesia-free dentals are not recommended because when a pet is awake, their cleaning is less thorough, the pet is stressed, and there is potential for the pet to get hurt if they try to pull away! In accordance with the American Veterinary Dental Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association, we ONLY perform anesthetized dentals here at Little River Veterinary Clinic.
When your pet is preparing for their professional dental cleaning, we perform blood work in advance to determine whether your pet is healthy enough to be anesthetized. This is incredibly important to ensure that there are no risks associated with your pet’s upcoming surgery.
Post-Surgical Dental Care
After your pet’s professional dental cleaning, we recommend stringent dental care on a regular basis to help keep your pet’s mouth clean. We give all new pets and their owners a toothbrush and toothpaste, as well as instructions for how to properly brush your pet’s teeth. If you have questions about proper oral care for your pet, no matter what stage of life they are in, please contact our team. We look forward to helping you to keep your pet’s oral health in check and prolonging their life!
"It is more than the excellent veterinary care that has kept me at LRV for 14 years. The vets and staff really know my dogs and always treat them like their own pets -- with kindness and compassion."