Mocha came into the clinic in December, 2018 for her annual physical exam. After examining Mocha’s mouth, the veterinarian recommended that she have a dental cleaning due to mild-to-moderate tartar buildup. Mocha’s dental was scheduled for March, 2019.
Mild to moderate tartar buildup, early dental disease.
1.) Scale and polish, stage 2.
“Stage 2” means there are signs of early periodontitis, which is inflammation of the gums and the supporting structures of the teeth. Periodontal disease can cause loosening of teeth. Periodontitis is caused by certain bacteria (known as periodontal bacteria) and by the local inflammation triggered by those bacteria. Although these periodontal bacteria are naturally present in the mouth, they are only harmful when the conditions are right for them to increase dramatically in numbers. This happens when a layer of bacteria and food debris, known as plaque, builds up and is left undisturbed on the teeth, commonly in hard-to-reach areas such as between the teeth.
For more information about dental disease in pets, visit the American Veterinary Dental College web site topic “For Pet Owners” at http://avdc.org/AFD/category/for-pet-owners/
2.) OraVet Gel Application
OraVet Gel helps prevent plaque accumulation in both cats and dogs. The OraVet gel provides a protective coating on the pet’s teeth that decreases plaque accumulation at the gingival margin and doesn’t disappear after tooth brushing or eating hard food. The gel is odorless, tasteless, and invisible once applied. The veterinarian or technician applies the gel along the marginal gingiva of clean, dry teeth while the animal is anesthetized during a dental cleaning.
Itemized Costs for Mocha’s Dental Cleaning:
Anesthesia, additional 15 minutes $22.50
Propoflo induction: $60
IV catheter placement: $40
Intravenous fluids: $50
Fluid pump: $25
Scale and polish, stage 2: $95
OraVet gel application: $35
Mocha’s story is shared with permission from her owner.
This story was posted by Suzanne Cannon on behalf of Jarrettsville Veterinary Center.
Mocha did great during her scaling and polishing. She had an uneventful recovery and went home later that day.