Pets need dental care just like people do. Bringing your companion in for regular exams and cleanings can do more than just prevent bad breath. It can actually improve the length and quality of his or her life. The mouth of a companion animal is inherently prone to bacteria, which can lead to other serious medical problems if left untreated. We want to help your loved one beat the odds and enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
The fact is, animals are subject to many of the same dental problems that people can experience. This includes tartar, gingivitis, bad breath, and damage to tooth enamel. All of these things can seriously affect their comfort and wellbeing. For this reason, it’s extremely important that your pet undergo a thorough mouth examination at least twice a year. Many of our clients are amazed at how much better their pets feel after getting dental care…not to mention the bonus of fresher breath!
To take some of the mystery out of a pet dental visit, here’s exactly what it entails:
- Pre-op blood work is conducted to assess patient safety and determine course of treatment
- Full mouth examination by the doctor completed under anesthesia
- Full mouth dental digital x-rays performed
- Evaluation and treatment of gingival pockets to help save teeth
- Scaling tartar off teeth and polishing enamel to reduce future plaque buildup
- Fluoride treatment to harden enamel for greater tooth longevity
- Extractions ONLY if severe irreversible tooth damage
- Acrylic enamel repair and root canals can also be used to save teeth
While your pet is safely anesthetized, he or she will be carefully monitored by our experienced technicians. This includes EKG, pulse oximetry, and blood pressure.
The result of all our hard work? A clean mouth, fresh breath, and your pet will be ready to go home the same day!
Avoid Pet Dentistry WITHOUT Anesthesia
There is a new fad in pet care that we at Central Marin Animal Hospital do NOT promote. It’s called non-anesthetic dental scaling or “standing dentals.” In general, this involves cleaning your pet’s teeth while he or she is fully awake and able to move and squirm. This fad has the potential to be very harmful. At Central Marin Animal Hospital, we only perform dentals using anesthesia for the safety and well-being of your pet.
Call today to learn more!