Dental Disease, Grading, & Cleanings for Pet Owners
What you need to know about your pet’s oral health, periodontal disease, and more about veterinary dentistry.
Should I Be Worried About Dental Disease?
Most pet owners rarely think about the condition of their cat or dog’s teeth. If ignored, dental problems can progress into extremely painful and life-threatening diseases. This is why veterinarians encourage owners to perform at-home prevention, like brushing, as the best way to prevent dental disease.
During your pet’s annual exam, your veterinarian will perform a short, visual exam of its teeth and gums. If your vet determines your pet’s teeth have a poor grade, they may recommend a thorough dental cleaning and polishing. This requires putting your pet under general anesthesia.
As an owner you need to consider the cost of these procedures, and the consequences of avoiding them.
Other Frequently Asked Questions about Pet Dentistry
Does my pet really need to be anesthetized for its dental cleaning and polishing?
Yes. Dogs and cats will not let anyone poke or prod in their mouth without fidgeting or biting.
Are there any risks to anesthesia?
With the right preparations and constant supervision, the risks of anesthesia are relatively low.
Risks are very minimal, especially with the use of very safe anesthesia drugs and the constant monitoring of vitals (heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen level) while your pet is sleeping under anesthesia.
Can my pet come home the same day?
Yes, almost always.
If my pet gets a tooth extracted will it still be able to eat normally?
Yes, but often your veterinarian will recommend that you soften the food for the first several days of recovery.
Can I clean my pet’s teeth at home?
Yes, we will teach you how to brush their teeth.
Receive 10% off your pet’s dental procedure.
When you schedule the procedure within 30 days of receiving a vet’s cleaning recommendation.
Your Pet May Need Veterinary Dental Attention If You Notice Any of the Following:
The following symptoms could indicate a serious problem with your pet’s teeth and gums.
Blood, pus, or other discharge from around the teeth
Obsessive pawing or clawing
around the face
Trouble eating dry food
Red or swollen gums
Swelling on the side of