Pet Dental Care

Dental Care for Cats & Dogs in Lee's Summit 

Dental care is imperative to your pet’s overall health. A buildup of bacteria in your pet’s mouth can lead to dental diseases and not only wreak havoc on their mouth, but also spread throughout their bloodstream causing problems to the entire body. Dental diseases can cause your pet serious pain and inflammation of the mouth that can impact their kidneys, liver and can even cause heart infections. During the wellness exam our veterinarian will exam your pet’s teeth and mouth and review their current dental condition and make suggestions on keeping your cat or dog’s teeth and gums clean, healthy and strong. 

We will show you the easiest way to brush your pet’s teeth at home on a daily basis and review the most effective products. At Chipman Road Animal Clinic we offer affordable pet dental care.

Veterinary dentistry includes the cleaning, polishing, extraction, or repair of your pets' teeth and all other aspects of oral health care. These procedures should be performed by a veterinarian or a board-certified veterinary or surgical dentist. 

How often does my pet need to have pet dental health checkups?

Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year to check for early signs of diseases and other problems and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.

Can I brush my pet’s teeth at home?

Prevention of the most common oral disease, such as periodontal disease, in pets consists of removing the dental plaque and tartar that forms on teeth that are not kept clean. Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the best way to keep their teeth healthy between dental cleanings, and may reduce the frequency for periodic dental cleaning by your veterinarian. Daily brushing is best and recommended but if that is not possible, brushing several times a week can be effective. Most dogs accept brushing, but cats can be more challenging. You can train your cat to accept the brushing with consistent training and a healthy dose of patience.

Some of the routine dental procedures we offer include:
  • Jaw fracture repair
  • Surgical extractions
  • Scaling and polishing of teeth
  • Treatment of periodontal disease
  • Oral surgery
  • Oral Cancer Surgery
Leaving dental disease untreated can lead to diminished quality of life, tremendous pain coupled with infection and potential infection to vital body organs.

The most common procedure for pet dental health maintenance is an in-hospital dog and cat teeth cleaning. If your pet requires an in-office cleaning, we will perform an in depth exam in order to give a complete overview of your pet’s mouth and any potential problems such as:
  • red, inflamed gums
  • pain while eating
  • yellow, brown or discolored teeth
  • loose or chipped teeth
  • loss of teeth
  • swollen gums or mouth
  • bad breath
  • oral masses

Dental cleaning includes scaling (to remove dental plaque and tartar) and polishing, similar to the process used on your own teeth during your regular dental cleanings.

Pets can become highly stressed when using dental instruments inside their mouth to treat and clean their teeth so we use general anesthesia to ensure a safe, effective dental cleaning for any animal dental surgical procedure. Although anesthesia will always have risks, it’s safer now than ever so the risks are very low and are far outweighed by the benefits. Most pets can go home the same day of the procedure, although they might seem a little groggy for the next 24 hours. Your fluffy friend will wake up with a clean, fresh healthy mouth! Call us today to schedule your pet’s dental exam or dental cleaning at 816-524-1886.
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