Your pet's dental health is extremely important!
Veterinary dental care is about more than just preventing “doggy breath” – regular dental care can help prevent periodontal disease, which can lead to serious bacterial infections in your dog or cat’s liver, kidneys and other organs. This bacterial shower can lead to permanent organ damage affecting your pet’s overall health. A routine dental cleaning uses both ultrasonic and hand scaling to remove tartar and plaque from your pet’s teeth followed by high speed polishing and a fluoride treatment.
Your dog or cat’s dental cleaning is different from the one you receive at your dentist each year. Because anesthesia is required, we will perform a thorough physical exam and bloodwork if your pet is over the age of five to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for this procedure. These bloodwork results will help us determine an individualized anesthetic protocol. Once anesthesia is administered, the cleaning begins. We use modern and safe ultrasonic equipment to clean each tooth thoroughly, both above and below the gum line. Our technicians polish you pet’s teeth, which creates a smooth, lustrous surface that is more resistant to plaque build-up. If extractions are necessary, our veterinarian will remove the teeth. Finally, a fluoride treatment is used to help strengthen the enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.
Our staff can show you how to brush your pet’s teeth well as how to use an oral rinse to help maintain their teeth between dental cleanings. This is a proactive way to prevent plaque and tartar build-up and promote good oral hygiene.