Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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Walking Through a Dental Cleaning

A dental procedure, which includes a comprehensive oral exam, probing, scaling and polishing of the teeth, and dental radiographs, is a great way to maintain the dental health of your animal. As well, it helps in improving the overall health of your animal for the long term. An animal is anesthetized for a proper professional dental cleaning to occur. This allows a comprehensive oral exam to take place, as well as allows the technicians to properly clean difficult to reach areas of the animal’s mouth.

While performing an oral exam, doctors and technicians are looking at the integrity of the teeth, tongue, and gums. This includes checking for fractures, resorption, missing or extra teeth, halitosis (bad breath), and any abnormal features in the mouth of the animal. After a complete oral exam, radiographs of the teeth are usually performed next. Just as we get our teeth x-rayed at the dentist, our animals can benefit from the same diagnostic tool. Dental radiographs allow for identification of broken teeth and roots, periodontal disease, dead teeth, abscesses or infected teeth.

Professional scaling and polishing of the teeth occur next by the veterinary technician. Scaling, or scraping, of the tooth above and just below the gum line is performed to remove plaque and tartar build-up. Next, the teeth are polished leaving a completely smooth surface of the tooth which discourages plaque and bacteria from adhering to the rough tooth surface.

We all want what is best for our beloved animals and maintaining good oral hygiene is a great step in ensuring our animals have a long and healthy life.

Before & After Photo:

Dog's teeth before dental procedureDog's teeth after dental procedure

Written by: Briarwood Animal Hospital

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Briarwood Animal Hospital