Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet's overall health. If left untreated, dental disease can lead to larger systemic problems in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the bloodstream and damaging the heart valves, kidneys, and liver. Many of these problems can be avoided by scheduling regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings for your pet.
Veterinary dentistry is considerably more involved and time-consuming than basic human dentistry. Cleaning a pet's teeth requires general anesthesia followed by anesthetic recovery in the hospital. While your pet is under anesthesia, our veterinary technicians, similar to dental hygienists, perform a thorough dental exam to assess the oral cavity and the health of each individual tooth. They then perform ultrasonic scaling, subgingival root planning, and polishing. Our veterinarians then go over any abnormalities on the oral exam and may request dental x-rays to see if further treatment is needed, since many teeth that look normal on the outside can have significant disease under the gum line.