Pet Dental Cleaning
Pet dental cleaning is one topic that pet parents sometimes overlook. while teeth cleaning for dogs and cats is so important at all life stages.
Good dental care is more than just brushing their pearly whites. Sometimes, a veterinary dental procedure like a deep teeth cleaning for your dog or cat is essential to prevent serious dental issues.
Things you should know about pet dental cleaning
we must put your dog or cat under general anesthesia in order to perform a thorough periodontal exam, dental radiography (x-rays), scaling and polishing, etc.
A machine passes anesthetic gas and oxygen through an endotracheal tube, thus ensuring pain-free procedures and also protecting the airways from aspirating fluids or debris.
Pets owners are naturally concerned when we require anesthesia for their pet. However, anesthesia-free dentistry performed by untrained individuals is inappropriate for several reasons, including:
- Significant safety concerns for the patient and operator.
- Insufficient cleaning of inaccessible tooth surfaces.
- No debridement of periodontal pockets.
- Oral discomfort and serious pain.
- Accidental aspiration of debris that can result in pneumonia and death.
Furthermore, it is illegal for anybody but licensed veterinarians or supervised and trained veterinary technicians to practice veterinary medicine.
How often should I have my pet’s teeth professionally cleaned?
The frequency of the need for professional pet dental cleaning depends on several factors. therefor If you provide a home oral hygiene on a daily basis, the bacterial accumulations that causes the formation of plaque and tartar (calculus) is in control, therefor performing scaling and polishing procedures are less frequent.
however specific dog and cat breeds are more prone to developing periodontal disease; therefore, a professional dental cleaning is required more frequently.
Therefor dr. Luka recommends doing an annual oral exam for your pet to document the presence of abnormal conditions such as periodontal disease, gingival enlargement, fractured or worn teeth, ulcers, tumors, etc.
Since periodontal disease causes the destruction of the supporting structures of the teeth (gingiva, periodontal ligament, and bone), cleaning the crowns of an awake dog without addressing what lies beneath only provides a cosmetic benefit. This superficial procedure does not address the disease in deeper tissues or less accessible areas.
In addition, the condition (color, texture, shape) of the gingival tissues will dictate the need for placing your pet under general anesthesia to perform the procedure.
After the dental procedures
After your dog or cat’s dental procedure, one of our team members will review everything we performed during the dental procedure with you.
If there is an infection or if your pet has an underlying condition dr. Luka prescribe an antibiotic or Pain medication as there can be some level of inflammation and discomfort following a dental procedure.
We may prescribe or send you home with:
- Pain Medication.
- Recommended Dental Diet.
- Recommended Dental Chews.
- Recommended Toothbrush/Toothpaste.
- Dental Pads or Wipes.
In addition we may recommend feeding just soft food for several days after the procedure if there were any extractions, to allow the extraction sites to heal as best as possible.
If extractions happen and there may be a recheck appointment needed a week or so later to ensure that all is healing and progressing as best as possible.
Once your pet is discharged and you take them home, you may notice some grogginess, drooling, or drowsiness for several hours. However they’re typically almost back to normal that evening and should definitely be back to their normal self by the next day. If at any point you’re concerned, don’t hesitate to call us for advice.
Pet dental care is an essential part of your pet’s overall health and is just as important as their annual exams. When you neglect oral hygiene, pets can develop dental disease which negatively affects other systems in the body and may lead to tooth loss.
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