Our Frontier Veterinary Hospital team provides both restorative and preventive dental care to dogs and cats in the White Settlement area.
Comprehensive Dental Care for Cats & Dogs
Routine dental care is a key component of your dog or cat's oral health and hygiene. However, many pets don't receive the routine oral hygiene required to keep their gums and teeth in good health.
At our veterinary hospital, we provide comprehensive dental care to White Settlement pets, from basics such as polishings and cleanings to surgical procedures.
We are also very passionate about dental health education for all of our clients as well as helping you implement at-home dental care for your pet.
Dental Surgery in White Settlement
We know that finding out your pet requires dental surgery can be a stressful experience. We work to ensure that this process is as stress-free as possible for you and your pet.
We will take every measure to make sure that your pet's experience with us is seamless and comfortable. We will also break down each step of the process with you before starting the procedure, so you know what we will be doing to help your pet. We will also explain what pre and post-operative care your four-legged friend will require.
We offer jaw fracture repair surgeries, tooth extractions and gum disease treatment for dogs and cats.
Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams
You should aim to bring in your pet for a dental examination at least once per year. Cats and dogs with predispositions to developing oral health issues should attend these dental checkups more often than that.
Frontier Veterinary Hospital can assess, diagnose and treat dental health problems in cats and dogs.
If you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, it's time for a dental checkup.
- Discolored teeth
- Tartar buildup
- Loose and/or broken teeth
- Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Bad breath
- Pain or swelling in or around the mouth
A thorough pre-anesthetic physical assessment will be completed for your pet before the dental exam.
We will take blood and urine analyses to ensure it's safe for your pet to undergo anesthesia. Additional diagnostics, such as chest radiographs or an ECG may also be conducted.
Once your pet is under anesthesia, we will conduct a complete oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting.
Next, the teeth are cleaned and polished (including under the gum line). We then apply a fluoride treatment to each tooth.
The final step is to apply a dental sealant to prevent plaque from attaching to the enamel. If advanced periodontal disease is found, the veterinarian will develop a treatment plan and discuss it with you.
A complimentary follow-up examination will be scheduled two weeks after the initial assessment and treatment appointment.
During this visit, we will discuss implementing teeth brushing at home. We can also recommend products that can help improve your pet's oral health.
FAQs About Pet Dental Care
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from our patients about pet dental care.
- Why do pets need their teeth cleaned?
Our pets can develop periodontal disease or tooth decay as a consequence of poor oral health.
Just like in humans, when animals eat, plaque sticks to their teeth and can build up into tartar if not brushed away regularly.
This can lead to infections in the mouth, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even loose or missing teeth. That's why regular dental care is essential to preventing pain or disease in the gums.
- How can I tell if my pet has oral hygiene issues?
Did you know behavior may be an indication of oral health problems? If your pet is experiencing dental problems, they might drool excessively (and the drool may contain pus or blood), or you may notice them pawing at their mouth/teeth, yawning excessively, grinding their teeth, or they stop grooming sufficiently.
Other signs of oral health problems include bad breath, swollen gums, and tooth discoloration. Some pets may even suffer from pain that keeps them from eating. Read more about symptoms to the left under Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams.
- What long-term problems can poor oral health potentially cause in my pet?
Besides causing problems ranging from cavities and bad breath to severe periodontal disease, oral health issues and conditions can lead to disease in the liver, kidney, heart and other areas throughout your pet's body.
Cysts or tumors may develop. Your pet may also not feel well in in general (if you've ever had a toothache, you know how it can affect your mood!). In addition, diseases related to oral health conditions can shorten the lifespan of your pet and cause significant pain.
This is why regular dental care is so essential to animals' physical health and wellbeing.
- What happens during a pet teeth cleaning appointment?
During your pet’s regular oral exam, the vet will examine his or her mouth and look for oral health conditions or any symptoms needing treatment.
The vet will clean tartar and other debris from your cat's or dog's teeth. If cavities, gingivitis or other conditions need to be addressed, the vet will explain these to you and provide advice on which actions you should take.
In some instances, your pet will require surgery in order to treat serious conditions. We provide all pets with anesthesia before their dental procedure in order to ensure that they are as comfortable as possible. After dental surgery, your pet will require special care and attention from you.
If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a dental appointment with us.
- What should I do at home to keep my pet’s teeth clean between dental appointments?
At home, you should brush your pet's teeth on a regular basis and give them dental chew toys. These will help eliminate plaque.
Do not allow them to chew on things that will damage their teeth, such as bones, toys or objects that are too hard. Always contact your vet with any questions or concerns regarding your pet's oral health.
Veterinary Dentistry: Anesthesia & Your Pet's Oral Health
Dogs and cats don't know what is happening during a dental procedure, they may become confused, stressed or scared and express that by struggling or biting. Because of this, we provide anesthesia to all of our patients before dental procedures. This puts less stress on your beloved companion and allows us to examine their mouth.