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Pet Dental Care

The most pervasive disease in our pets is periodontal disease. 80% of all pets have this if they are over the age of 3 years old.

Pet Dental Services in Peoria, IL

At Prairie Animal Hospital our veterinary team is passionate about working with our clients to nurture and preserve the human-animal bond by providing compassionate, expert, and affordable veterinary care. We look forward to being there for your pet’s first big adventure and beyond!

Unfortunately, periodontal disease (also called gum disease), occurs five times as often in pets as it does in people. As a matter of fact, more than 80% of dogs over 3 years old have periodontal disease.

Yet, while gum disease is usually the biggest dental problem a dog faces, it’s not the only one. Some dogs, especially larger breeds, are also prone to broken or fractured teeth. Dr. Kuhn’s own dog fractured his two big molars when he found some deer antlers while hiking. Unfortunately, both molars needed to be removed. The roots were infected (as evidence by dental x-rays) and would have eventually led to a tooth abscess. Tooth abscesses are really sinus abscess centered around a tooth root.

Some of the signs that your pet may be experiencing a dental problem include:

Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s health because dental disease can be associated with other serious health problems such as heart disease and kidney disease. But how do you know if your pet has a healthy mouth?

Some of the signs that your pet may be experiencing a dental problem include:

  • Bad breath
  • Red, inflamed or bleeding gums
  • Yellow, broken, or missing teeth
  • Excessive drooling
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Pawing at the face
  • Obvious pain when touched near the mouth area

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, it’s time to schedule a dental exam. The sooner we can diagnose and treat an existing oral health problem, the better the outcome for your loved one.

Our Cleaning Procedure

All cleanings are done while your pet is under anesthesia. The anesthetic part is imperative to be able to do a good job. All pets are constantly monitored by a veterinary technician at all times while they are under anesthesia. This is done to provide safety and security while your pet is having their teeth monitored. Every pets’ teeth are ultrasonically scaled, subgingivally (under the gum lined) hand scaled, polished and charted. (this is usually what you human dental hygienist does for you) We also take dental radiographs and have the doctor read them to see if there is any disease lying under the gum line that we can not see without the help of dental radiographs. If it is all normal then the patient receives a fluoride treatment and go home instructions for prevention of tooth decay.

Digital Dental Radiology

Most dental disease hides below the gum line and cannot be adequately identified without dental X-rays. Just as in human medicine, we use dental radiographs to identify problems, so that they can be appropriately treated. Without dental radiographs, many painful diseases could be missed.

Our Goal

To see your pets live long and healthy lives by providing complete care for all of your pets’ dental needs. We are able to diagnose and treat most oral problems and help return your pet to the best possible health. We also place emphasis on yearly dental examinations and cleanings to maintain good health in order to prevent problems.