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10% Discount on Dental Cleaning in February

Cleaning & Polishing starts at $352.00

Does your pet have bad breath? Have you flipped the lip on his/her mouth? Try it and see if you see calculus or tarter.

The formation of plaque on teeth leads not only to calculus or tartar buildup but also to gingivitis. If gingivitis is left untreated, it will progress into more advanced periodontal disease. Studies have shown an increased risk for kidney, heart, liver, and pulmonary (lung) disease, all stemming from late-stage dental disease and poor oral care.

Dental issues can cause the following problems:

  • Bad breath
  • Broken or loose teeth
  • Abnormal chewing, drooling or dropping food from the mouth
  • Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
  • Pain in or around the mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth

What happens during the dental procedure?

Our patients are placed under general anesthesia during the dental procedure with one of our specially trained technicians, dedicated to monitoring respiration, heart rate, and rhythm, and blood pressure during the entire procedure.  We will perform pre-anesthetic blood work to assess kidney and liver function. An IV catheter will be placed and IV fluids administered to avoid dehydration and to normalize blood pressure during the dental procedure.
We will perform a complete oral exam and radiographs (x-rays) to identify any problems beneath the gum line. (This is just like the x-rays you might receive from your own dentist.) Common painful problems that could be identified with radiographs are broken teeth and roots, periodontal disease, bone infection, abscesses, or infected teeth.
We will perform a complete oral exam and radiographs (x-rays) to identify any problems beneath the gum line. (This is just like the x-rays you might receive from your own dentist.) Common painful problems that could be identified with radiographs are broken teeth and roots, periodontal disease, bone infection, abscesses, or infected teeth.
A full cleaning is done both above and below the gum-line where periodontal disease lurks. It would be impossible to clean below the gum line on an awake dog or cat, but this is where periodontal disease begins with bacteria “living” below the gum tissues. A veterinary cleaning does require scaling or scraping the tooth to remove plaque and calculus on the tooth crown.
Last, the teeth are polished, leaving a completely smooth surface of the tooth, which discourages plaque and bacteria from adhering to the rough tooth surface.
Last, the teeth are polished, leaving a completely smooth surface of the tooth, which discourages plaque and bacteria from adhering to the rough tooth surface.
The pet may be discharged with antibiotics or pain medication. Since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, our technician will make recommendations for preventative home care for your pet!

Some pets become irritable when they have dental problems, and any changes in your pet’s behavior should prompt a visit. Always be careful when evaluating your pet’s mouth, as a painful animal may bite.

Dental disease can be prevented with proper oral care, and we are here to help! Please contact the office to schedule your pet’s dental cleaning or with any questions.