Proactive Care For Your Pet’s Teeth and Gums Including Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning in Carlisle, PA

Dental disease and pain is one of the things that pets hide most commonly from their owners. Did you know that 70% of cats and 87% of dogs over the age of 3 have dental disease? Just like humans, pets require professional cat and dog teeth cleanings and treatments regularly in addition to daily home tooth care! 75% of your pet’s tooth structure is under the gumline where you simply can’t see it at home.  You might notice their breath is a little “funky” but other than that, your pet may seem just fine and actually be hiding significant periodontal disease.  We are here to help you care for your pet’s whole mouth.

Good oral health is a must in order for your pet to live a longer, more comfortable life.

See below to learn about dental hygiene and oral surgery services at Healing Paws Veterinary Care
and then schedule your pet’s dental consultation today!

Dental Hygiene and Tooth Cleaning Services at Healing Paws

Healing Paws Veterinary Care sets a high standard for pet dentistry - what is considered “extra” in many practices is what we choose to use as our standard of care. The services that we provide to all of our dental patients are what is recommended by the American Veterinary Dental College because we believe that you come to us so that your pet receives the very best every time, not as an “extra”.

Dental hygiene procedures at Healing Paws Veterinary Care include:

  • Pre-anesthetic bloodwork to customize your pet’s safety plan
  • Pre-visit anxiety reducing medication for a better experience
  • Customized anesthesia plan
  • Modern multi-parameter safety monitoring
  • Airway protection with isoflurane gas, oxygen and sterile endotracheal tube
  • Sterilized dental equipment for each pet
  • Full veterinary oral exam of lips, oral tissues, tongue, gums and teeth
  • Ultrasonic scaling of teeth to clean above and below the gumline
  • Tooth Polishing
  • Full mouth x-rays - imaging above and below the gumline to find hidden disease
  • Bair Hugger anesthetic warming system and warmed intravenous fluids
  • Intravenous fluid therapy to maintain appropriate circulation
  • Laser therapy to reduce inflammation
  • Plaque barrier sealant
  • Post procedure oxygenation
  • Oral surgery recommendations if indicated
  • Heated recovery suite with cushioned bedding and stuffed animals
  • Monitored recovery to ensure continued comfort
  • Home plan for ongoing oral health
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What to Expect Before and After Your Pet’s Dental Anesthesia

It’s extremely important to prepare your pet accordingly for its dental anesthesia procedure, and to know what to expect and how to care for them in the days following. Click below for detailed instructions on how to ensure a safe, smooth dental anesthesia procedure and a swift recovery for your pet!

Oral Surgery Services at Healing Paws

We are here so that your pet can live a longer, more comfortable life and there isn’t anything quite like chronic tooth pain to cause discomfort.  Those of us who have experienced tooth pain ourselves, know that when your tooth or mouth hurts, it is hard to be yourself and you want nothing more than that pain to go away.   Our pets don’t often tell us their mouth hurts as their natural instinct to hide pain and eat to survive is so strong.  That is why we are here for you.  If during your pet’s dental hygiene procedure, the examination or full mouth x-rays show that your pet has one of the conditions below, then we will create an oral surgery plan to address the source of their pain and help them return to a more comfortable life.

  • tooth fracture
  • abscess
  • root decay
  • FORL -a painful resorptive lesion (a “cavity” that goes to the pulp of the tooth!)
  • stomatitis (where their own body is rejecting their teeth)
  • unerupted tooth (never game through the gums)
  • teeth in the wrong position causing painful crowding
  • dead or decaying teeth

At Healing Paws Veterinary Care, we prioritize thorough dental care in the safest manner with excellent pain management before, during, and after our oral surgical procedures.  It is very important that your pet has all of their oral disease and pain addressed, not just the tooth that can be seen wiggling.  75% of your pet’s tooth structure is under the gum line and so that is where most oral pain begins and why owners are often surprised about their pet’s dental disease as they can’t see below the gums at home.  Every oral surgery plan at Healing Paws is based on the information found during the dental hygiene procedure’s exam and full mouth x-rays.  Once oral surgery is performed, x-rays will be repeated to ensure complete and proper treatment.  Your pet will receive multiple methods of pain management throughout their procedure and their post-surgical comfort will be monitored closely.  Post surgical pain control leads to proper healing and oral surgery relieves chronic mouth pain which leads to happy comfortable pets.  So often, within days (or even hours) after returning home from an oral surgical procedure, we hear clients say “I had no idea they were hurting! I thought they just slept a lot and now they are already eating and I can’t believe they are so active and playful!”

Your pet could have better oral health - schedule your pet’s dental consultation today!

Caring for Your Pet’s Teeth and Gums at Home

Taking care of your pet’s teeth and gums at home is vital to maintaining their good oral health. Additionally, at-home care can further improve their quality of life and extend their lifespan. At Healing Paws Veterinary Care, we recommend a variety of methods for keeping your pet’s teeth and gums clean. Teeth brushing is certainly important, but there are also plenty of other options, which you can learn about in detail by clicking below.

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