Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning in New Berlin, WI

Routine Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning for Overall Lasting Health

You may be wondering why dental health is so important to your pet’s overall well-being. Simply put, dental disease is the number one disease in both and cats and dogs and it is severely detrimental to their health. The disease causes painful mouths, can cause organ damage, and can even lead to premature death. Unfortunately, more than half of cats and dogs have some form of dental disease by the time they are three years old. At New Berlin Animal Hospital, we’re dedicated to reversing this trend. Contact our veterinary specialists at (262) 782-6910 to schedule a cat or dog teeth cleaning today!

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Digital Full Mouth Dental X-Rays

We recommend that full mouth digital x-rays be performed on dogs and cats undergoing dental cleanings because periodontal disease also happens below the gumline and can affect the roots of the teeth and the surrounding bone and jaw.

Full mouth digital X-rays are extremely important in diagnosing periodontal disease since the symptoms are hidden beneath the gum line. In the disease's early stages, radiographic imaging will reveal loss of density and sharpness of the root socket (alveolar) margin. In more advanced stages, it will reveal loss of bone support around the root of the affected tooth. The only way to have a complete assessment of the oral health of the mouth is to have full mouth digital x-rays performed.

How Do I Know My Pet Needs Dental Care?

There are several signs that likely mean your pet needs dental prophylaxis (a fancy word for cleaning and polishing the teeth). These include:

  • Bad breath
  • Weight loss (due to painful gums and teeth)
  • Discolored, stained teeth
  • Disinterest in chew toys they used to love
  • Bleeding or swollen gums
  • Receding gums

The best thing you can do for your pet is to call (262) 782-6910 to schedule a dental appointment with us. We’ll be able to fully evaluate their oral health and perform a cleaning, known collectively as a Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT).

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Benefits of COHAT

COHAT stands for Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment.
In other words, COHAT means an assessment of the whole mouth with an oral exam and dental X-ray as it relates to the patient’s overall health, with a treatment plan created for any problems found.


Steps for COHAT:

  • A detailed oral exam
  • Full mouth digital dental X-rays
  • Dental probing and charting
  • Surgical extractions of damaged or broken teeth as indicated
  • Ultrasonic scaling of the teeth to remove tartar
  • Polishing each tooth to slow future tartar buildup
  • Fluoride and anti-bacterial treatments to further strengthen and protect teeth

At-Home Cat or Dog Teeth Cleaning

After your pet’s dental procedure, it’s up to you to continue dental care at home. We recommend brushing your pet’s teeth daily, and our staff can show you the best ways to achieve this. However, we also understand brushing can be difficult with a busy schedule and less-than-willing pets. That’s why we also recommend veterinary dental products approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council. You can see a listing of approved products on their website. If you have any questions about at-home care, COHAT, or your pet’s recovery from a dental procedure, please contact us at (262) 782-6910 and we’ll be happy to help.

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