Dental Levels

Your veterinarian and the GVH team will work hard to provide you with the best treatment plan for you and your pet! Dental Treatment Plans: Level 1 Dental Clean and Polish indicates that your pet's mouth has been examined and found to only have minimal calculus (tartar) accumulation with little or no gingival reaction.  As such, we [...]

Dental Health Food Success Story

A few years ago, Dr. Helfer, a doctor on our GVH team, had a pet with severe dental disease. The cat, a beautiful Siamese, was in repeatedly for dental procedures because of how severe the dental disease was. Medically, the patient needed a dental cleaning every 6 to 8 months. Shortly after, Hill’s Science Diet, [...]

Your Pet’s Dental Care Is Important

Dental care is an important part of your pet’s overall health. Left untreated, dental disease can lead to problems within the mouth such as pain, bad breath, and tooth loss but can also cause disease elsewhere in the body, like the heart and kidneys. While your veterinarian can diagnose and treat these problems, it is [...]

Stages of Dental Disease

Did you know that there are different stages of dental disease? Stage 1  Inflammation at the gum line Redness Plaque Accumulation Stage 2 All symptoms in stage one plus ... The tartar that mineralization of plaque Bad breath Volatile Sulfur Compounds Stage 3 Early periodontal disease All symptoms in stage two plus ... Pustular discharge [...]

Brushing My Pet’s Teeth

The Best Tool for the Job!!!  Brushing My Pet’s Teeth The GVH Team recommends using any of these tools: Traditional toothbrush with or without an angled head Brushes with multiple heads to simultaneously brush the inside, outside and top surfaces of the tooth Electric toothbrush Finger toothbrushes which fit on the tip of your finger Dental [...]

Pre-Surgical Bloodwork for Dental Procedures

Just as you would need to have blood work done before having a medical procedure, so does your pet. On admittance to the hospital for a dental procedure, a blood sample is drawn by the surgical veterinary technicians for pre-surgical blood work. Your veterinarian uses it to check for several things including liver and kidney functions, [...]

Flip the Lip

Flip the Lip  It is important, as pet parents, that we "flip the lip" of our dog or cat.  This will help to determine if your pet is at risk for periodontal disease which occurs when bacteria form plaque on the teeth. Here are some tips: 1. “Flip the lip" when your pet is at [...]