Dental Care

Your pet won’t complain when his or her teeth are painful and infected, they will still eat, and suffer in silence.

The Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of three SUFFER from dental disease.

Oral disease is the most common and most preventable disease found in our furry children. Prevention can add 3-5 years to their life.

Dental Disease is MORE than just dirty teeth and bad breath … It’s also pain, heart disease, organ damage, and septicemia.

What goes into a professional dental cleaning for a cat or dog?

Nearly every person has been to the dentist for a routine dental cleaning, x-rays and exam, so it’s not always obvious what the big “to do” is about a dental cleaning for a dog or cat. The first thing to consider is that the majority of pets get very little if any dental home care. Some very diligent pet owners brush their pets teeth daily but this is not the norm and even humans with daily teeth brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits still develop gum disease, cavities and a variety of other oral diseases. So when a pet’s mouth is left untreated, often for years, the degree of disease is usually significant and requires more than a 10 minute ultrasonic scaling. Secondly, pets will never willingly open their mouth for a thorough evaluation, x-rays, or a cleaning, making anesthesia necessary for proper dental care. Anesthesia should never be taken lightly as there can be serious risks involved depending on the age and general health of the individual. At Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center we prioritize anesthesia safety by following standards of veterinary excellence to minimize risks of anesthesia as much as possible. These steps include IV catheterization and IV fluid therapy, constant and individual monitoring before, during and after anesthesia, endotracheal intubation with oxygen delivery, and preanesthetic lab work to evaluate vital organs that are responsible for metabolizing anesthetics. Eliminating any one of these steps significantly increases the risk of anesthetic complications including organ failure, aspiration pneumonia, brain damage and even death. Your pet and your devotion to their health is our highest priority.

12 Steps to a professional dental cleaning

  1. Awake oral exam
  2. Oral exam under anesthesia
  3. Removal of plaque and tartar
  4. Subgingival scaling (below the gumline)
  5. Polishing
  6. Irrigation
  7. Fluoride Treatment
  8. Dental X-rays
  9. Charting – recording all findings for every tooth
  10. Therapy for any problems noted
  11. Create home care plan
  12. Regular follow-up visits, because one cleaning does not prevent future disease in the mouth

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