Dental Care


Good dental care is as important for your pet as it is for you. Good dental care not only prevents bad breath & oral disease, but also stops infection from spreading through the blood stream to your pet’s liver, kidneys and heart which could affect the overall health. We begin dental check-ups at the Wellness Exam.

If dental cleaning is necessary for the health of your pet, at the FAN VET, we do supragingival and sub gingival cleaning, periodontal probing, using both ultrasonic and hand scaling to remove tartar and plaque followed by polishing and Ora-Vet treatment. At the time of the cleaning, we do a complete oral evaluation, and if needed digital dental x-rays to detect any underlying problems. If problems are detected, we provide the treatment including tooth extraction and oral surgery. For the comfort of your pet, all dentistry is done under general anesthesia.

We follow a proactive protocol to assess our patients with pre-anesthetic blood testing and monitor their care throughout the dental procedure with ECG, blood pressure, Pulse Ox., respiration and body temp.

It is important to remember that even with the most diligent attention by you and the most cooperative pet, the progression of dental disease cannot completely be prevented. For some pets, eventually cleaning under anesthesia may be needed. This is similar to the fact that, despite brushing and flossing daily, many people visit the dentist every six months and problems are found. Dental cleanings and advanced care will add years to your pet’s life.

How Old Is Too Old For A Dental Cleaning?

Although any procedure under anesthesia is not taken lightly, dental cleaning can routinely be done safely in a very old geriatric pet if the blood work shows no significant underlying health problems and there are no underlying heart problems. For many geriatric pets, dental care and cleaning make a big difference in over-all health.

What can I do to slow down the process of dental disease?

As pet owners, we can slow down the process of dental disease. Yes, brushing is effective for pets too, but it is often difficult for both pets and owners. Realizing brushing doesn’t always happen; we recommend 3 products to help slow dental disease.

Hill’s® Prescription Diet is a great defensive measure to augment or take the place of brushing in dogs and cats. Hill’s® works like a toothbrush to clean teeth and freshen breath as pets chew. Its patented fiber matrix scrubs the exposed tooth surface like an edible toothbrush, reducing bacteria-laden plaque.Hill’s® gently scrubs away plaque and tartar to clean teeth and promote healthy gums. All Hill’s products for oral care, including Hill’s® have earned the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) Seal of Acceptance which indicates proven efficacy in controlling plaque and tartar.

HEXtra® Premium Chews is a daily great tasting treat. HEXtra® Premium Chews with the patented, exclusive Chlorhexidine System help remove plaque and reduce tartar. The Chlorhexidine System, combined with the natural abrasive cleansing action of HEXtra® Premium Chews, helps to keep breath fresh and teeth clean. Chlorhexidene chews release antibacterial chlorhexidene to kill bacterial plaque like a mouthwash.

OraVet® a plaque prevention gel applied to the teeth once a week maintains an invisible barrier created by a thin sealant which prevents plaque from adhering to teeth.


Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions

Cats have a unique dental disease called feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions (FORL). This is an inflammatory disease process whereby the tooth is actually resorbed, often at or below the gum line, and eventually breaks. FORL’s are painful and sometimes signs are noted including drooling, bleeding, and difficulty chewing. Although they are in pain, many cats do not exhibit these clinical symptoms and the lesions are found on routine examination. During the Wellness Exam, an oral examination of your cat’s mouth sometimes reveals a cherry-red inflammation of the gums surrounding the affected tooth. FORL’s can also be demonstrated by gently rubbing the suspected lesion with a cotton swab. If the lesion is present, pain and jaw spasms occur when the area is touched.