Lincoln Land
Animal Clinic, Ltd

Dr. Joseph Koch    Dr. Colleen Koch   Dr. Jennifer Banks
217-245-9508

Lincoln Land Animal Clinic, Ltd

1150 Tendick
Jacksonville, IL 62650

(217)245-9508

lincolnlandac.com

The Danger of Untreated Dental Disease

Many people are unaware of the importance of their pet's dental health.

"White" teeth appear clean and unproblematic, but unseen plaque, which is an accumulation of bacteria, will build up and form calculus (tartar). Calculus irritates the gums and the infection progresses to loosen and destroy teeth. When the pet eats, calculus will create a shower of bacteria into the blood stream and can spread to the liver, kidneys, and heart.

It is important to have your pet's teeth checked at least once a year. Your veterinarian should examine all teeth and evaluate the amount of plaque and or tartar. If teeth are cleaned when they have little plaque or tartar, it is preventing disease, similar to your yearly dental visit.  If you wait until there is visible tartar accumulation, dental disease is present, which may require further treatment.

Removing calculus from teeth with just a hand scraper, or while the pet is awake, does not address the biggest problem, disease below the gum line.  It is important to use an ultrasonic scaler, as this instrument reaches below the gum line. 

Dental radiographs (x-rays) are also an important part of the dental treatment process; they allow the veterinarian to assess the attachment of teeth to the bone, if any abscesses are present, or if fractures below the gumline have occurred.

General anesthesia is necessary to: clean below the gum line, control pain, and place a tube to prevent bacteria from entering the windpipe.  In general, untreated dental disease puts your pet at a greater risk than anesthesia. Blood work is recommended to assess risk. Gas anesthesia and patient monitoring by a licensed veterinary technician adds to the safety of any procedure.

Regular dental care by licensed veterinary professionals helps to keep your pet healthy.

Please visit our Dental FAQ page for more information on the dental cleaning process.

 

We are now offering
Laser Surgery
Digital Radiographs (Dental and Routine)
Small Mammal/Pocket Pet Medicine and Surgery
and
Behavioral Counseling

Private training for problem behaviors in dogs, cats, horses and other species

Resident in Behavior Medicine
Graduate of the
Karen Pryor Academy


Lincoln Land Animal Clinic, Ltd.
1150 Tendick Street
Jacksonville, IL 62650
217-245-9508


Dr Joseph Koch
Dr Colleen Koch

Dr Jennifer Banks




Hours
M-F 7:30am- 5:30 pm
Saturday 8 am- 1pm