WHAT IS A "PROPHY" OR "DENTAL"?
Both words refer to a professional examination and cleaning of the teeth: removal of plaque and calculus, the source of gum disease. In other words, it is similar to the procedure that your dentist or hygienist follows for your own teeth when you have them cleaned.
First the teeth are evaluated and a probe is used to locate any perio. in the sulcuses (pockets between teeth and gums) and calculus under the gumline, where it cannot be seen. In addition to causing bacterial infections and high risk of major diseases, hidden calculus and the bacterial plaque on it, if not removed, will continue to destroy the soft tissues that hold the tooth in place. In a prophy the calculus is removed from the crowns of the teeth and their roots with special instruments.
Next the teeth are usually polished and then dried and re-examined for any calculus that may remain. Very loose or fractured teeth should be extracted.
OraVet KEEPS TEETH CLEAN
Finally your veterinarian or dental technician will apply OraVet, an inert barrier to which bacteria cannot attach. OraVet will help your pet's teeth stay free of plaque.
ProVSeal Home Care Replenisher KitYour veterinarian will also guide you in applying OraVet, which usually takes very little time. You will actually do it yourself in the clinic. Then you or a family member will apply the Home Care product weekly to maintain the OraVet barrier and prevent or greatly reduce the formation of plaque and the development of gum disease.
You need to have OraVet Professional applied by your veterinary professional as a foundation because the Home Care product, although it is very quick and easy to apply, is not sufficiently sturdy or durable to be used as a stand-alone barrier.