Here at Grand Haven Animal Hospital, we pride ourselves in thorough wellness for your pet. Did you know that poor oral health doesn't just mean bad breath? The bacteria that causes plaque, tartar, and eventually calculus can also affect your pet's internal organ function, leading to potential disease of the heart, liver, kidneys, and more! Our Comprehensive Oral Assessment and Treatment will help us find issues in the oral cavity that you may not be aware of. This will require anesthesia, but for the safety of your pet, he/she will receive blood work to check internal organ function prior this procedure. Once under general anesthesia, full mouth xrays will be taken to assess the root and bone structure of all teeth. From there, Dr. Sherrill will compare the xrays with an assessment of the mouth, checking for deep pockets and bone loss between roots. If there is too much bone and tissue loss, teeth will need to be extracted to ensure that the disease does not progress to surrounding areas. The rest of the teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and polished, followed by a fluoride treatment and a barrier treatment to prevent bacteria from taking hold immediately following the dentistry. From there we strongly encourage you to take an active role in home care and will discuss with you options that work best for you and your pet. While home care will help prevent any disease process, your pet will still need yearly anesthetic cleanings to make sure we can catch disease before it spreads and causes tooth loss.
Grade 1 - Mild dental calculus which covers less than 25% of the tooth surfaces, with no obvious gingivitis or mild gingivitis present. This grade is often reversible with brushing and appropriate chewing.
Grade 2 - Mild to moderate calculus and gingivitis are present on multiple teeth. The calculus covers 25-50% of the tooth surfaces. Gingivitis is usually reversible after professional scaling and polishing.
Grade 3 - Dental calculus that covers more than 50% of the tooth surfaces with moderate to severe gingivitis.
Grade 4 - Severe calculus, severe gingivitis, periodontal disease, gum recession; tooth loss is imminent.