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Good dental care plays a crucial role in the quality of your pet's life. Dental disease is the most common medical problem seen in pets and can lead to pain, tooth loss and generalized disease. Unfortunately, the importance of dental care to a pet's health has long been underemphasized by the veterinary profession. In March 2005, Main Street Veterinary Hospital and Dental Clinic made a new commitment to our patients' dental health with the construction of our dental suite and the addition of a veterinarian with advanced training in veterinary dentistry.
Main Street Veterinary Hospital and Dental Clinic is proud to offer advanced dental care to pets. We provide free dental consultations to our clients and are happy to give you a tour of our dental suite. All dental cleanings performed at Main Street Veterinary Hospital and Dental Clinic include digital dental X-rays and tooth-by-tooth assessments by our board-certified veterinary dentist. Pets anesthetized for dental procedures, are constantly monitored by a doctor and trained surgery technician. Because your pet's comfort is of the utmost importance to us, we offer safe and effective pain management, including local anesthesia to numb your pet's mouth if necessary. Should your pet have damaged or diseased teeth, rest assured that extraction is not the only option.
Other dental services offered by Main Street Veterinary Hospital and Dental Clinic include:
Taking good care of your pet's teeth involves more than just "cleaning" the part of the tooth above the gumline. Evaluating the health of each tooth and treating dental disease ensures that your pet's mouth is as healthy as possible. And a healthier mouth means a healthier pet. We clean, polish and probe each tooth individually. We will also perform a soft tissue exam to check for cancers, sores and other oral problems.
Approximately two weeks after your pet's dental cleaning, we will do a follow-up assessment to make sure your pet's mouth is healing properly. At this time we will also discuss home care options and schedule regular professional care to keep your pet's mouth healthy.
Oral disease in your pet is not always noticeable to the untrained eye. Here are a few facts about dental disease that may provide some hints about your pet's oral health: