Did you know that by the age of three, most dogs and cats have some degree of dental disease? The early signs of dental disease in pets include bad breath, yellow tartar buildup on the teeth, and red and swollen gums. At your pet’s dental cleaning appointment you can expect them to have the same routine that you do when you visit your dentist’s office for your cleaning!
Pre-Anesthetic Exam and Treatment Protocol
Our veterinarians will perform a thorough pre-anesthetic exam, review their most recent blood work results, and create a dedicated anesthetic plan for him/her. During the dental procedure your pet will receive full mouth dental radiographs, scaling and polishing, and a fluoride application. If your pet needs any oral surgery, we will make recommendations for extractions based on the radiographs and advise you of any further treatment that may be needed.
When dental disease is discovered later, after years of tartar, plaque, and bacteria buildup have caused infection, inflammation, and diseased teeth, your pet has already experienced significant, chronic, life-changing pain. But animals are experts at hiding signs of pain, so the pain may go unnoticed by you. Instead, you may see that your pet is increasingly irritable and lethargic or has a decreased appetite—changes you may attribute to your pet’s advancing age or other lifestyle factors. But after a proper and thorough dental procedure, many pet owners report the emergence of “a whole new pet”—one who is happier and more active.