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May 28, 2018

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Pet Teeth Cleaning by Dr. Lyle Brumley

Hello. I’m Doctor Lyle Brumley.    I am the owner of the Foxmoor Veterinary Clinic (Aurora, IL). In this video, I’d like to speak a bit on the subject of pet teeth cleaning aspect of veterinary  dentistry (canine and feline).

The following information should give you some insight into the fact that we do use a variety of the same types of instruments that the human dentists use (as we clean the teeth).

Pet Teeth Cleaning may reduce Pet Health Care Costs.

Both cats and dogs need to have their teeth routinely cleaned.  Just recently I read that plaque build up is linked to heart attacks in humans. Likewise, plaque buildup  in your pet’s mouth can actually cause internal problems.

People do not realize what kind of health problems these poor pets can get (and have) if their teeth are not cleaned. They can get problems that are as bad (and sometimes worse) as what we humans can suffer from. It is much cheaper and easier to prevent problems than it is to treat problems.

Pet Teeth Cleaning requires very sophisticated equipment.

In order to keep those pets’ mouths clean, our clinic uses very sophisticated equipment. In this video, I’ll be showing you what a Cavitron looks like. It’s the same type of thing that a dentist uses on a human mouth. The end of this little machine vibrates several hundred times per minute. A little stream of water comes out from the end. This is a device that we use to get up under the edges of the gums in order to remove the tartar and all of the bad-smelling stuff that the pets have inside of their mouths.

I have another device that I use that is called a Polisher. The Polisher is a device that is used after the teeth are cleaned (and after the tartar is removed from the teeth) with the use of the Cavitron. Polishing helps to prevent the further accumulation of plaque.

Pet Teeth Cleaning may reduce bad breath.

Sometimes, you may notice that your pet’s mouth is very, very stinky. That  animal  may have halitosis. The cause is the same as it is with humans. When there are particles of food that are caught underneath the edge of the gum, the teeth then have the potential to actually decay. When the teeth decay, they become very smelly. The animals (of course) don’t brush after every meal. Most of these pets don’t get their teeth brushed once per week (let alone on a daily basis like with what many people do for their own mouths).

One of the things that can happen with an unhealthy cat (or dog) mouth is that they can get an infection under the edge of the gum. That infection then gets into the bloodstream and around the roots of the teeth. This causes heart problems (as strange as that may sound) within the cardiovascular system.

It is not unusual for our clinic to see the following during a vaccination and wellness examination : An older  patient  (say, 8 or 9 years of age) comes in, and the first thing we do is to examine the teeth by merely lifting up the edges of the lips. Once we see that, we listen to the heart. We may then hear valvular problems within the heart. We might find what we call “valvular insufficiency”. This is where the little flaps of heart valves become like little pieces of dried out leather that cannot completely close. This is bad. These flaps should be more like little pieces of delicate silk that snap shut. This heart health problem can lead to congestive heart failure. This is a condition where the blood is partially going backwards as the heart pumps (in addition to going forwards). At the same time, this causes a slow down in the circulation. That can result in a dog (or a cat) coughing because of the fluid that accumulates within the lungs while the animal is having difficulty getting oxygenated blood.

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