Asheville Pet Dental Care

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Regular professional cleaning is important for maintaining your pet's teeth and overall general health. At Asheville Veterinary Associates, we use modern and safe ultrasonic machines to thoroughly clean each tooth both below and above the gumline where the tartar and plaque collect. Dr. Lackey has a special professional interest in dentistry.

After your pet's teeth are thoroughly cleaned, our dental technicians polish the teeth to create a smooth, clean tooth surface that becomes more resistant to tartar and plaque buildup. A fluoride treatment is added to help strengthen the enamel and decrease tooth sensitivity.

We offer routine dental prophylaxis (cleaning, scaling, polishing, fluoride treatments), extractions, and gum and oral surgery. We perform dental x-rays when needed.

It's important to remember that it is possible to add years to your pet's life with proper dental care. Dental hygiene can also increase your pet's health, vitality and wellbeing. Veterinary dental care will help ensure your pet leads the best life possible.

However, if left untreated, dental disease can not only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition, but it can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet's health before symptoms are noticeable. For example, oral bacteria that enter the bloodstream can damage your pet's kidneys, heart or liver. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop tooth and gum disease by the age of three years.

Our doctors and staff provide state-of-the-art Asheville pet dental care for every stage to help preserve and enhance overall health.

  • Prophylaxis/cleaning
  • Extractions
  • Corrective oral surgery
  • Ultrasonic scaler
  • High speed drill
  • Low speed polisher

asheville pet dental examHome Dental Care For Your Pet

Prevention is the best protection from periodontal disease.

Preventing periodontal disease by keeping your pet's teeth and gums healthy isn't just a job for us. It's your job, too. While nothing can take the place of regular visits to the veterinarian for checkups and cleaning, ongoing follow-up oral care at home is just as important in controlling plaque and tartar formation.

The goal of home dental care is to remove plaque before it mineralizes into calculus, a form of hardened dental plaque that occurs within days of a teeth cleaning. Brushing your pet's teeth is the single most important procedure you can do to maintain good oral health. If performed regularly, brushing dramatically decreases the incidence of gingivitis and increases the interval between teeth cleaning appointments.

Brushing your pet's teeth is best started at a young age, before the adult teeth erupt. The younger the animal, the more likely he or she is to accept it. Regular brushing not only keeps your pet's teeth clean and healthy, it also enhances the bond between you and your pet. If you are unsure of how to brush your pet's teeth, you may want to ask a staff member at Asheville Veterinary Associates for instructions. There is nothing better than a hands-on demonstration.

If brushing your pet's teeth is not possible, ask a staff member to help you select the most effective dental products for your pet.

You should also be able to recognize the signs of poor oral health. If you notice any of the following, please contact us:

  • Persistent bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
  • Tartar or plaque buildup (ask your veterinarian how to identify them)
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth