Bad breath, tartar build up, reluctance to eat some foods or play with toys, swelling or bleeding from the gums are all signs that can be associated with oral disease and pain in the mouth. If you are concerned about your pet’s oral health, it is best to have a veterinarian evaluate the condition of his/her mouth. An oral exam can be very informative.
We recommend professional teeth cleanings for dogs and cats once a year and home care for your pet's teeth on a daily basis. Small dogs and cats need their first professional, preventive cleaning at 1 ½ to 2 years of age, and large dogs by age 3 to 3 ½.
At the Animal Dental Clinic, we perform professional dental cleanings with the use of general anesthesia, a key aspect of accurate oral diagnosis and comprehensive treatment. General anesthesia for dental procedures in pets is considered the standard of care. One of the primary benefits of general anesthesia during dental cleanings is increased safety and decreased pain for your pet. We maintain your pet on inhalant anesthesia with an endotracheal tube in place in order to protect their lungs. This allows us to effectively protect your pet from inhaling pieces of tartar removed from the teeth, or water from the ultrasonic scaler. If you have questions or concerns about anesthesia, let us know – we take anesthesia safety seriously. If you have anesthetic concerns you have the option to have a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist provide care for your pet here at the Animal Dental Clinic.
We work as a team to minimize your pet’s anesthesia time and take the best possible care of your pet. While your pet is anesthetized, one of our Certified Veterinary Technicians is monitoring your pet’s anesthesia, while another is performing a complete oral exam, taking dental radiographs and cleaning your pet’s teeth above and below the gum line and polishing the teeth. Tartar and bacteria accumulate without notice under the gum line and results in gum disease and bad breath. The doctors will then assess the severity of gum disease, bone loss or other pathology and call you with any changes to your treatment plan if needed.
At the Animal Dental Clinic we are passionate about educating you and providing advanced therapy for your pet’s oral health because we understand the important role in the overall health of your pet. That’s why our motto is “Exceptional Dentistry for Healthier Lives!”