Good dental hygiene is one of the most important aspects of your pet's overall health and can add years to their life. Loose teeth, bad breath, and a change in eating habits can all be signs of serious dental disease for your pet. Just like human dentists, our veterinarians recommend yearly dental cleanings and polishings for pets that start at an early age.
Professional dental cleaning and periodontal therapy often come too late to prevent extensive disease or to save teeth. As a result, periodontal disease is usually under-treated, may cause multiple problems in the oral cavity, and may be associated with damage to internal organs in some patients as they age. Untreated periodontal disease can also cause tooth abscess, gum infections, and/or bone loss: all of which can be painful for your pet to experience and costly to manage.
The concept for Helping Hands was developed because many animals go without dental care simply due to cost. People could barely justify medically necessary dental care, much less routine preventative care. Until people experience what a difference it makes for their pet, they have no idea how much dental care significantly improves their pet’s quality of life. Many people have no idea how much oral pain their pets live with because they simply do not complain and rarely stop eating until it is so, so bad.
We are so excited to be able to offer affordable dental care for dogs and cats so pet owner’s can take better care of their pet’s mouth. They will feel better, food will taste better, eating will no longer be painful, and they can kiss you with fresh breath!
Here’s how we do it…your pet will be sedated and all teeth will be thoroughly cleaned. If needed, any/all extractions are included at the veterinarian’s discretion. We do not extract healthy teeth. The veterinarian will do a thorough oral exam, extract loose and decayed teeth. You will be sent home with a dental chart describing your pet’s mouth and any needed medications.
We will extract all teeth from your pet’s mouth that are loose and/or visibly diseased. If your veterinarian has any special dental concerns, we will be happy to review any dental radiographs they would like to provide.
We love to see mouths that clean up easily and have little to no decay or loose teeth. Providing affordable preventative dental care to keep mouths healthy is our mission after all. However, occasionally, owners are often shocked at how many teeth are extracted from their pet’s mouth. We do not extract healthy teeth. We do not call owners prior to any or all extractions.
Our affordable dental care fee does not change whether we extract no teeth or every tooth. Extracting teeth takes time, therefore costs us, so we promise if we extract more teeth than you expect, it is in your pet’s best interest, not ours. The shock from the extractions will turn to joy the next day when your pet is eating better and acting years younger because they no longer have a mouth full of tooth aches!
Helping Hands is pleased to announce that we are now offering the option of dental radiographs for your pet! Radiographs are beneficial in allowing us to visualize the parts of your pet’s teeth that are underneath the gumline. Being able to see this area allows a better assessment of the overall oral health of your pet. Some of the conditions radiographs allow us to assess include, but are not limited to: bone loss, tooth resorption, tumors, retained roots and fractures. Full mouth radiographs before and after a dental procedure can help diagnose pre-existing problems and ensure that all problem teeth are fully addressed.
Please note that if you have a sighthound, such as a greyhound, Amicar will be strongly suggested for your pet. Details about Amicar will be discussed with you when you schedule an appointment.
Watch the video below to learn about the importance of dental care for your pet.
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