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Full Dentistry Service
Brandywine Hospital for Pets promotes pet dental month every February, but we strive to encourage pet owners to have their pet’s mouths cared for year round. An Oral ATP (Oral assessment, treatment, prevention) is a lot more than just having your pet’s teeth cleaned. It is a very thorough evaluation of your pet’s mouth (including X-rays of all your pet’s teeth).
Severe bone loss in advanced Periodontal Disease.
After dental radiographs are obtained, a trained technician will carefully probe and chart each tooth to evaluate for bone and gum tissue loss.
Now that your pet's teeth have been xrayed, probed, charted, cleaned, and polished your veterinarian will evaluate if oral surgery is warranted. If surgery is deemed appropriate, he/she will call during your pet's procedure to discuss his recommended oral treatment plan (extractions, pain control, antibiotic therapy, follow up care, etc)
The final step is prevention. Home oral care is important, and we can help design an individualized approach that works well for you and your pet. Daily brushing for your pet’s teeth is ideal, but sometimes this is unrealistic due to the nature of the pet or the time constraints under which many of us struggle.
It is important to understand that all Oral ATPs are done under general anesthesia because we need to have the pet completely still to do a thorough, effective job. It would be easier if we could get them to sit back in a dentist chair and say “Ahhh” but that just doesn’t happen. Take time to listen to the discussion regarding pet anesthesia below.