By age three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. That’s why annual dental cleanings are an important part of your pet’s health. Calculus build-up on teeth can lead to gingivitis (swelling and inflammation of the gums), periodontal disease (inflammation of the ligaments holding the teeth), tooth abscesses and tooth loss. We also know that infections from the mouth can spread to other organs such as the kidneys, heart and liver.
A dental cleaning is a routine procedure performed under anesthesia. The teeth are first cleaned with an ultrasonic scalar to remove calculus and microscopic plaque from the tooth surface. The teeth are then polished to a smooth finish. Last, we apply a sealant to help protect them from future plaque and calculus formation. After the dental, a staff member will instruct you on easy future care of your pet’s teeth.