"What! I need a dentist too?" ~The family pet
Yep, pets need dental check-ups just like people!
One of the first signs of periodontal disease is bad breath or what your veterinarian would call halitosis. So remember that "doggie breath" isn't normal!
If your pet's veterinarian says that he or she has some stage of periodontal disease the first step in treating it is a dental cleaning. A proper dental cleaning of your pet's teeth involves removing the tartar with ultrasonic and/or hand scaling, then polishing the teeth and applying a fluoride treatment or dental sealant. To be able to perform such a task your veterinarian will need to use general anesthesia with your pet. This means your pet will be asleep so the veterinarian team can do a really good job cleaning your pet's teeth. During the dental cleaning the veterinarian team will also make notes on a dental chart, similar to the ones shown below, and write down anything they might find, for example some pets have missing teeth, or other changes in the mouth. If you ever have any questions feel free to ask your pet's veterinarian!
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Some tools of the trade!