Your pet’s dental health is essential to their overall health, which is why we recommend scheduling cat and dog teeth cleaning appointments
Regular dental appointments can help prevent oral disease, which according to the American Veterinary Dental Society, is diagnosed in 80% of dogs and 70% of cats by the time they are three years old.
Does My Pet Need Dental Care?
We recommend annual dental appointments and reliable at-home care to help maintain the health and cleanliness of your pet’s teeth. Annual dental appointments allow our team to regularly check and clean your dog or cat’s teeth and provide pet dental care as necessary. It’s not always apparent when your pet requires dental care, but there are a few symptoms and behaviors that can signal an oral health issue:
Broken, loose, or missing teeth
Discoloration or tartar build up
Excessive chewing or drooling
Reduced appetite or inability to chew
Swelling and bleeding in or around the mouth
Frequently Asked Pet Dental Care Questions
Patients undergoing a dental cleaning will be placed under general anesthesia to enable our team to perform a more thorough exam of your pet’s teeth and gums. Prior to this procedure, we will assess your pet’s health through a physical examination by your veterinarian and lab testing. We will place an IV catheter to provide fluids and the safest form of anesthesia. We can also provide an injectable dose of antibiotics if we notice substantial gingivitis. Here is what else to expect during your pet’s dental appointment:
- Comprehensive assessment of your pet’s entire mouth
- Cleaning above and below the gum line
- Full mouth digital dental X-rays
- Flushing bacteria from below the gum line
- Providing a fluoride treatment
Addressing any abnormalities found during the assessment
Only 50% of each of your pet’s teeth is visible during an oral examination, which means dental X-rays are necessary to provide our team with a more complete understanding of your pet’s dental health. This is why we recommend full mouth dental X-rays for every pet to check for any issues below the gum line such as root abscesses, root fractures, severe bone loss of the jaw and cystic lesions so we can provide prompt and more effective treatment.