oral health matters
Healthy teeth and gums play an important role in your pet’s overall health.
Dental Care and Cleaning for
Dogs and Cats
Regardless of the extent of your pet’s dental care needs, we’ll give you detailed recommendations for your dog’s or cat’s daily home oral hygiene.
- An oral exam and assessment are done using a dental probe/explorer to measure periodontal pockets and check for abnormalities. The findings are recorded on a dental chart, which becomes a part of the patient’s medical history.
- Dental radiographs are taken to help the doctor evaluate what cannot be seen by looking in the pet’s mouth. Radiographs reveal tooth root abnormalities (i.e., degree of bone loss, infection, & other abnormal changes) and help the doctor determine diagnosis and treatment plan.
- An ultrasonic scaler, hand scaler, and curette are used to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth above and below the gumline.
- Polishing is done after scaling to smooth the uneven surface created on the tooth from scaling. Polishing is an important step in the dental process because it helps slow the reformation of plaque and tartar back on the teeth after the dental procedure.
- Finally, fluoride is applied to the teeth at the end of the procedure because it has antimicrobial properties, slows the reformation of plaque back on the teeth, and strengthens enamel.
Dental Care for
Rabbits & Small Mammals
Dental care for exotic pets includes a thorough oral exam under general anesthesia with the aid of an endoscope.
Contact us today to schedule your pet’s dental cleaning. Our caring team of veterinarians, specialists, nurses, and support staff are here to help you keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy—and to give you something to smile about! And remember, we also provide care to maintain your pet’s health and treat them with the best modalities and technology available when they’re ill or injured.