Dental Care

Clean teeth and a healthy mouth is the pathway to good health for your pet. Proper dental care is about more than just preventing “doggy breath” — plaque and tartar build-up on your pet’s teeth can lead to periodontal disease, which can eventually damage your pet’s liver, kidneys, heart and other organs.

Dental Cleaning

Untreated dental disease progresses to periodontal disease (severe infection), and symptoms include:

  • Discomfort while chewing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Inflamed or bleeding gums
  • Bad breath

Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s health and can often be the cause of serious illness. Dental problems, if left untreated, can often lead to larger systemic problems in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver.

Our Process

  1. Before a dental cleaning, every pet undergoes a thorough physical examination.
  2. After the physical exam, your pet is given an anesthetic for a safe and painless sleep during the dental cleaning.
  3. As part of the dental cleaning, we use a hand scaler to remove tartar from your pet’s teeth.
  4. We then use a periodontal probe to check for pockets under the gum line where periodontal disease and bad breath start.
  5. We use modern and safe ultrasonic equipment to clean each tooth thoroughly, both above and below the gum line. Our specially trained dental technicians polish you pet’s teeth, which creates a smooth, lustrous surface that is more resistant to plaque build-up.

Because your pet is anesthetized during a dental cleaning, we monitor his or her vital signs closely using sophisticated monitoring equipment. Blankets and warming pads are used to keep your pet warm and comfortable and a trained veterinary technician watches over your pet during the procedure.

You can continue your pet’s dental care at home. A staff member can show you how to brush your pet’s teeth at home and can provide recommendations about specially-formulated food and treats that promote good dental health.