A dog or cat dental cleaning at our hospital is much more than just removing tartar from the teeth. Our goal is to restore your pet’s mouth to its normal, fresh, healthy state. Having your pet’s teeth professionally cleaned is the single most important medical treatment you can give that will result in long-term health. We are passionate about veterinary dentistry. Studies show periodontal disease results in significant injury to a dog or cat’s liver and kidneys. No other organ system is more important than the oral cavity. At Raymond Animal Hospital, we are serious about keeping your pet’s teeth as healthy as possible.
Each cleaning performed in our hospital includes the following steps:
- A general exam
- An oral exam
- Pre-operative organ testing, based on age
- Pre and post photos of the mouth
- Use of an IV catheter and fluids
- Monitor patient vitals by machine while anesthetized
- Digital radiographs as needed
Each dentistry involves:
- Calculus removal from above and below the gumline
- Teeth polishing
- Digital dental X-ray
- Extraction of diseased teeth when necessary
- Fluoride treatment
- Dental charting
- Therapy, if indicated
Home care instruction on oral hygiene, featuring a post-procedure meeting with the technician to review teeth brushing or other custom-designed recommendations.
Digital Dental X-Ray
Radiography is critical for accurate evaluation of periodontal disease, as 60% of the disease is hidden below the gum line. Our digital X-ray machine allows us to diagnose tooth root abscesses, resorptive lesions, and other oral issues, as well as evaluate the extent of bone loss and tooth fractures. None of this could be accomplished by visualization alone. Dental radiographs are an important tool in helping your pet achieve and maintain good oral health.
Signs of Pet Dental Problems
Symptoms of dental disease include:
- Bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
- A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
- Red and swollen gums
- Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
- Loose or missing teeth
If your pet is experience any of the above symptoms, please call us to schedule an appointment.
Dentistry is a vital part of your pet’s heath care. Please do not hesitate to ask us questions!