Keep Those Canines Sparkling!

Did you know that more than half of all dogs and cats have some form of gum disease by just 3 years of age? Gum disease is one of the most common conditions that affects dogs and cats, but it CAN be prevented with regular professional veterinary care and at-home maintenance. Mille Lacs Veterinary Group has a special interest in pet dentistry because we want to prevent gum disease—and other oral problems—for as many pets as possible. Our comprehensive dental services both prevent and treat oral problems. To keep your pet’s teeth healthy, we recommend annual wellness exams, which allow us to determine if your pet needs a more comprehensive dental exam and cleaning.

About Your Pet’s Dental Visit

For the safety of our patients, we perform all dental procedures under anesthesia. We recommend pre-anesthetic blood work for some pets to determine if there are any underlying health problems that we need to treat first. We’ll also place an IV catheter before administering anesthesia. This allows us to administer fluids and medications. As with our surgical procedures, we monitor your pet’s vital signs throughout their dental treatment. Once your pet is completely anesthetized, we’ll begin with the dental procedure, which consists of the following:

  1. Full mouth exam
  2. Full mouth x-ray*
  3. Ultrasonic scaling of teeth
  1. Teeth polishing
  2. Antiseptic rinse
  3. Fluoride application

*Most oral problems are actually found below the gum line, which is why this part of the exam process is so important.

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At-Home Dental Care

Having your pet’s teeth professionally examined and cleaned on a regular basis is a great way to prevent oral problems. As the owner, however, you play an important role in prevention, too. We recommend that you brush your pet’s teeth at home—if they’ll let you, that is. Our team will be glad to give you some brushing tips if you’d like. We also offer recommendations for the most effective dental products and foods for tartar prevention.

Take a proactive approach to your pet’s dental health, and schedule their dental visit at our Foley, Becker, or Milaca clinic today!