Dental hygiene plays a crucial part in your pet’s health, and poor hygiene can be the cause of more serious illness. Prior to your pet’s dental cleaning, the doctor will perform a physical examination to evaluate your pet’s general health. After completing the physical exam, your pet will undergo anesthesia for a safe and painless sleep during the dental cleaning. During a dental cleaning tartar is removed with a hand scaler, followed by an ultrasonic scaler that helps to clean the gum line. A curette is used to help clean and smooth the teeth under the gum line followed by polishing of the teeth as well as a full brush of the teeth. After a dental cleaning, brushing should be continued at home to help prevent any periodontal disease in the future.
Some signs of dental problems include:
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Bleeding or inflamed gums
- Loss of appetite or difficulty eating
- Missing or loose teeth