How We Clean Teeth
Steps of the Teeth-Cleaning / Diagnostic Visit
A dog or cat
teeth cleaning means different things to different people. At our animal
hospital the teeth-cleaning visit is a lot more than removing tartar
from 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 oral health.
We are serious
about keeping your pet's teeth as healthy as possible. Each teeth cleaning
is performed at our hospital in a special designed dental suite. There
are eleven steps we take to ensure the best for your dog or cat.
What is involved
in the teeth cleaning performed at our hospital?
- A general
exam before anesthesia, including evaluation of the bite, pre-anesthetic
blood profile, and identification of abnormal wear patterns, gum infection,
and oral cancer
- An oral exam
(above the gum line) plaque and tartar removal
(below the gum line) scaling, root planning, and curettage where indicated.
Removing tartar from the tooth crowns may improve the appearance of
teeth, but dental disease is more proliferative below the gum line.
- Tooth polishing
of periodontal pockets with antiseptic solution
- Dental charting
and probing for the medical record. Charting records missing, fractured, and discolored
teeth, as well as feline oral resorptive lesions, periodontal pocket
depths, gum recession, as well as other lesions noted
- Post cleaning
exam and x-rays if needed
- Therapy if
- Home care
instructions on oral hygiene. Our dental technician will meet with you
after the teeth cleaning to review tooth brushing techniques and your
pet's custom-designed oral hygiene program, which is based on conditions
found and your pet's willingness to be treated. When performed regularly,
brushing or T/D diet will greatly increase the intervals between teeth