Good dental health provides a vast array of health benefits for your pet, and highly contributes to their overall wellbeing. To keep your pet’s teeth healthy, a routine dental cleaning by a licensed veterinarian never fails. A dental cleaning visit will usually require your pet to undergo a dental examination before the procedure.
Before a dental exam, a vet will perform blood evaluations to ensure that your pet’s liver and kidney can handle anesthetic treatment. Anesthesia is used for most tooth examinations, including dental x-rays and cleanings. During a dental exam, a licensed veterinarian will review your pet’s teeth, gums, and mouth, note any abnormalities, and discuss the procedures your pet will need with you.
If your pet has periodontal disease, the vet will take digital dental x-rays to see the extent of the damage below the gum line. These x-rays do not contain a high risk of radiation exposure like traditional x-rays. Instead, this technology allows veterinarians to view results quickly and project them on a screen. A dental cleaning will involve extensive teeth cleaning and polishing to remove excess tartar and plaque build-up—all of which can cause serious periodontal disease.
It’s important for owners to have their pets undergo a dental cleaning on a regular basis. Advanced dental disease is not only serious, but also incredibly painful for your pet. It may also mean your pet will lose some of their teeth, which may be extracted during the procedure.
Your pet will need to have a dental cleaning (and its related procedures) performed regularly to have a healthy mouth. Many dental diseases are caused by gingivitis due to plaque buildup in the gums, and is absolutely preventable. If you notice the following changes in your pet’s mouth, they require a dental check-up as soon as possible:
Dental cleanings provide your pet with improved dental health that decreases their risk of losing teeth, experiencing discomfort, and saves you extra costs. Most veterinarians recommend starting a dental care routine at home, starting with gentle tooth brushing from the front teeth to the back. It is also recommended to use a toothbrush and toothpaste designed for pets only. By starting a dental care regimen at home, you can ensure easier dental cleanings, x-rays, and other procedures for your pet.