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Clean teeth and a healthy mouth is the pathway to good health for your pet. Proper dental care is about more than just preventing "doggy breath" - plaque and tartar build-up on your pet's teeth can lead to periodontal disease, which can eventually damage your pet's liver, kidneys, heart and other organs.

Digital Dental Radiography

We have invested in the latest digital dental x-ray technology to better diagnose your pet's dental problems. We use AFP Imaging equipment featuring Pro Image digital dental x-ray software. This advanced equipment allows us to spot tooth fractures and find areas of the gums and teeth where periodontal disease and infection are present. Our dental technicians are specially trained in the use and operation of this equipment. By using digital x-ray technology, our veterinarians and staff have access to fast, accurate radiographs, decreasing the time it takes to treat your pet.

What to look for

If your pet is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, he or she may have periodontal disease: 
• Discomfort while chewing 
• Difficulty swallowing 
• Pawing at the mouth 
• Inflamed or bleeding gums 
• Bad breath 

Your Pet's Dental Cleaning

When it comes to dental care, prevention is the key. Animal Medical Clinic offers all clients state-of-the-art dental cleaning procedures performed by our trained and dedicated dental technicians. Before a dental cleaning, every pet undergoes a thorough physical examination and pre-anesthetic bloodwork. Using the results of the examination and labwork, we develop an anesthestic protocol specific for your pet. This ensures that he or she is comfortable and stress-free during the dental cleaning.  As part of the dental cleaning, we use an ultrasonic scaler to remove tartar from your pet's teeth and above the gumline. 

We then use a periodontal probe to check for pockets under the gumline where periodontal disease and bad breath start. Your pet's teeth are then polished to help prevent future tartar build-up.

Because your pet is anesthetized during a dental cleaning, we monitor his or her vital signs closely using state of the art monitoring equipment. Blankets and warming pads are used to keep your pet warm and comfortable and a trained veterinary technician watches over your pet during the procedure.

Bonded Sealants

Did you know that a broken tooth exposes a sensitive structure called dentin?  Dentin is composed of billions of microscopic tubes.  Once dentin is exposed, the bacteria in the mouth can be drawn up those tubes resulting in an infection of the tooth root.  Did you know that only 3% of tooth root abscesses result in facial swelling?  That means that 97% are undetectable without dental radiographs and causing daily pain.

Here at AMC, we can apply an acrylic sealant to your pet's broken tooth surface to seal the dentin tubules, protecting them from bacteria.  Sealing the tubules can prevent an infection that will result in a root canal or surgical extraction.

You can continue your pet's dental care at home. A staff member can show you how to brush your pet's teeth at home and can provide recommendations about specially-formulated food and treats that promote good dental health.