Why should I have my pet's teeth cleaned?
In the last 20 years improvements in dental health have made a tremendous impact on the longevity and quality of life of our pets. Regular dental cleaning helps to prevent heart disease, bronchitis, liver and kidney infections. But the thing most pet owners appreciate more than anything else is that their pet's breath smells BETTER!
How often should I have my pet's teeth cleaned?
A professional dental cleaning done once or twice per year after your pet reaches 2-3 years of age makes a definite positive impact on your pet's quality of life.
What happens when my pet has its teeth cleaned at your clinic?
We will anesthetize your pet in order to effectively clean all surfaces of the teeth. We use an ultrasonic dental scaler to do the cleaning which causes little discomfort to the mouth. Once the teeth are cleaned we evaluate the teeth in order to determine whether any extractions should be performed. If no extractions are necessary, we will then polish the teeth. At the start of dental cleaning we administer an antibiotic if your pet is not currently taking antibiotics. We do not give pain injections after a dental unless there have been extractions performed.
Why would you want to extract a tooth?
We recommend extracting teeth for any of the following reasons: broken teeth which expose the tooth pulp; severe periodontal disease where the tooth and its root are diseased; cavities in dogs or resorptive lesions in cats; tooth root abscesses; misplaced adult teeth or retained baby teeth. We do recommend pain medication following dental extractions.
How can I keep my pet's teeth clean at home?
You may use a combination of techniques at home to help keep your pet's teeth clean: brushing, using cleaning gels and rinses, treats that are designed to help keep the teeth clean, and sometimes special foods designed to help prevent tartar formation. Talk to us about what the best regimen is for your pet!