February is National Pet Dental Health Month! We wanted to share a little bit more information on a service we offer here at Tidewater Veterinary to help keep your pet's mouth healthy. Veterinary dentistry has come a long way since it first started and no longer involves cleaning just the visible tartar and removing only loose teeth.
We now incorporate dental radiographs (x-rays) as part of our comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment (COHAT). There are many benefits to performing dental x-rays which we will discuss below.
Dental x-rays are performed while your pet is under anesthesia to enable us to get images of the mouth, teeth and jaw bones. Anesthesia is required as it helps maintain your pet in the proper position to get the best images possible. Dental x-rays can help reveal underlying abnormalities that can not be detected on physical examination. Having these images helps us make a diagnosis of abnormalities and disease and therefore helps us formulate a treatment plan for these diseases.
Dental x-rays can reveal the following lesions:
Tooth root abscesses
Using dental x-rays to help guide treatment plans helps us make the best decision possible for your pet and remove teeth that could cause your pet issues in the future. Early detection and treatment of diseased teeth can help maintain the health and well-being of your pet and prevent the spread of infection from the teeth to the rest of the body.
We are so happy we are able to offer this service to our patients and have already seen the benefits of early detection of disease in a number of patients. If you have any questions regarding how dental procedures are conducted here at Tidewater or have any additional questions regarding this procedure please do not hesitate to contact us at 843 856 7300.
Your Other Family Doctors,
Cara Daniel, DVM, CVA, Helen Smith, DVM and Nora Schmidt, DVM
PS February is National Pet Dental Month so we are offering $35 off a Dental COHAT!