Westbury Animal Hospital
713.723.3666 · 4917 S. Willow Dr. Houston, Texas 77035 

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Westbury Animal Hospital - Monday, September 30, 2013

When humans go to the dentist they are told to "open wide", allowing the doctor to probe and examine everything thoroughly. As pets, however, we do not have such great compliance. I don't know about you but I'm not going to refrain from chomping down on a hand causing me discomfort, intentional or not. And I admit I am not a regular when it comes to brushing and flossing. We need a good exam with below gum scaling. 

For humans, you know that slimy feeling on your teeth in the morning before you brush? Imagine that slime continuing to grow on a daily basis for months or even years!

Max is a great example of why it is so important to have your pet's teeth professionally cleaned. Max has had several cleanings in the past, and his owners are very compliant when it comes to wellness care. From the outside, Max's teeth have a moderate buildup of tartar, but appear otherwise healthy. No one expected any complications.

Max came in to get his teeth cleaned, polished, and probed last week. His very rear molars had very deep pockets in the gum tissue tunneling down along the root of the tooth. A radiograph of the tooth was taken and revealed signs of infection around the root of the tooth. You can note the tooth on the far left with a "halo" of darker gray around the root. This is called peri apical lucency.

The offending tooth was removed and now Max will not suffer the pain of having an abscessed tooth. We would never have known this was beginning of an abscess if we had not brought max in for a dental. 

Please see our video walking you through the dental procedure at Westbury Animal Hospital. 



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