Pet Dentistry

At Crossroads Animal Hospital we believe that dental care is an important part of your pet’s overall health.

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Pet Dentistry in the City of Central, LA

At Crossroads Animal Hospital, we understand that dental health is a crucial part of preventative care to keep your pets healthy and happy. Because dogs and cats can’t brush their teeth daily like we do, tartar can build up quickly and adhere firmly to their teeth, making dental disease the most common ailment affecting pets. Unhealthy teeth and gums can lead to chronic bad breath, mouth pain, drooling, bleeding, and even serious conditions like heart and liver disease.

Advanced Dental Procedures

To combat tartar buildup, we use an ultrasonic scaler and hand tools to clean above and below the gum line. Our goal is to preserve your pet’s teeth for as long as possible, but sometimes extractions are necessary to relieve pain and prevent the progression of periodontal disease. Post-cleaning, teeth are polished, and a fluoride sealant is applied to resist future plaque buildup.

We are proud to utilize the latest ultrasonic scaler for safe cleaning and a top-of-the-line, high-speed dental drill for efficient extractions. Dental radiographs enable us to detect hidden abscesses, broken teeth, resorbed roots, and other issues that might not be visible otherwise.

Ensuring Safety with Anesthesia

To ensure thorough cleaning and examination, full anesthesia is required during our dental procedures. Prior to anesthesia, we conduct comprehensive bloodwork and a full exam to screen for any underlying health issues. Throughout the procedure, your pet is closely monitored and administered IV fluids to maintain safety and comfort.

Preventive Dental Services

  • Routine Dental Examinations: Regular check-ups help us monitor your pet’s oral health and catch early signs of dental issues, preventing more serious problems down the line.
  • Professional Dental Cleanings: Essential for removing plaque and tartar buildup, these cleanings safeguard your pet against tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Specialized Dental Treatments:
    • Tooth Extractions: Performed by experienced veterinarians to alleviate pain and prevent complications from severe dental issues.
    • Dental Radiography: Advanced imaging for detailed assessment and accurate diagnosis of dental concerns.
    • Effective Brushing Techniques: Learn proper brushing methods to maintain your pet’s dental health at home, preventing plaque accumulation.
    • Dental-Friendly Diets and Treats: We offer guidance on nutrition and recommend products like Oravet dental chews, which help block bacteria, prevent plaque, and freshen breath.

Home Dental Care Recommendations

After professional cleanings, maintaining your pet’s dental health at home is crucial. We recommend daily brushing, dental chews, and specially formulated dental diets like Purina DH treats or food. Our favorite dental chew, Veggiedent, contains an ingredient similar to our fluoride rinse, aiding in bacteria blocking and plaque prevention while being enjoyable for your pet.

Overall Health Improvement

Maintaining your pet’s dental health is integral to their overall well-being. Good oral hygiene contributes to better digestion, reduces the risk of systemic diseases, and ensures a happier, more comfortable pet.