Pet Teeth Cleaning in Yuba City CA
The quality of your pet’s oral health is incredibly important so that they can live a comfortable, happy, long life. Mouth and tooth health is directly related to the rest of your pet’s well-being. An animal’s teeth, however, are not self-cleaning. While it may seem like an impossible task to clean your pet’s teeth with a toothbrush or other cleaning instrument, this is a job that must be taken seriously and carried out diligently at home in order to maintain your pet’s oral health. It is also important, however, to schedule your pet for a professional pet teeth cleaning regularly.
What to Expect at a Pet Dental Cleaning
Before any work is done on your pet’s teeth or mouth, he will undergo a thorough dental exam by your veterinarian. Sedation and anesthesia are essential in order for your vet to complete an adequate evaluation as a whole on your pet and to assess the health of each individual tooth. Dental x-rays are also an important part of the process, revealing tooth changes under the enamel and below the gumline that are invisible to the naked eye.
A pet dental cleaning is usually treated as an outpatient procedure, with the patient being admitted in the morning and ready to return home and to normal activities by late afternoon. Your pet’s vitals are monitored throughout the procedure. The actual cleaning of the teeth involves scaling away plaque and bacteria that have built up on the enamel and under the gums, causing bad breath or discoloration. Even if you give your pet dental chews regularly or brush their teeth at home, professional veterinary cleanings using professional-grade equipment are still essential to good overall pet health.
Keep in mind that periodontal disease starts below the gumline. This affliction damages tooth roots, bone structure, and can lead to painful chewing, a loss of teeth, as well as bleeding, inflammation, and health problems for the heart, kidneys, and liver. Without anesthesia, the veterinarian cannot clean below the gumline – and that area cannot be reached by your toothbrush at home, even if you brush your pet’s teeth every day.
85% of all pets have periodontal disease
by the time they are 3 years old.
The Need for Anesthesia at a Pet Teeth Cleaning
Do you or someone you love have anxiety about going to the dentist? Maybe it’s the sound of the equipment, or the appearance of the tools used to clean and examine your teeth that upset you. But (hopefully) you go to the dentist anyway, twice a year, just like you should, so that your teeth are healthy and clean.
While a human is able to communicate to the dentist or hygienist when he or she is feeling anxious, consider a teeth cleaning from your pet’s perspective. An animal has no awareness of the importance of clean teeth, nor does an animal have the ability to communicate a fear of what’s to come. The anxiety about unknown treatment is automatic for them. As a pet owner, you have no doubt heard of anesthesia-free dental cleanings, and perhaps have considered that option, thinking it’s far more friendly for your pet. However, a dental cleaning without anesthesia also means your pet is less likely to cooperate, will need to be physically restrained for the duration of the cleaning, and the person doing the procedure will not be able to thoroughly clean the teeth.
Anesthesia makes a pet dental cleaning easier, and creates an atmosphere that is conducive to a far more thorough cleaning. Your pet is not being restrained, nor is he confused about the restraints. With anesthesia, the trauma of a dental cleaning for a pet is entirely removed from the situation, and the veterinarian is able to completely clean your pet’s teeth, including below the gumline.
Professional Teeth Cleaning: Essential to Your Pet’s Health
Your pet may experience tooth pain on a regular basis, and they may exhibit signs of pain, such as refusing to eat, favoring one side of their mouth, drooling, or shying away from anyone touching them near the mouth. But otherwise, your pet cannot voice any discomfort. This is why a thorough veterinary dental exam under anesthesia is so critical – to find the source of your pet’s pain, and fix it. In the process, your pet will be comfortable, calm, and completely oblivious to the important care they are undergoing.
X-rays and a dental exam can identify issues your pet is experiencing, such as broken teeth and roots, abscesses, infected teeth, dead teeth, and, of course, periodontal disease. If your veterinarian recommends a teeth cleaning, that doesn’t automatically mean you have to worry about your pet’s health. Pet dental health should be tended to in due course and provided to your pet just like you supply them with food, water, and shelter.
Polishing the teeth and rinsing the mouth after the exam and scaling of the teeth leaves your pet with sparkly clean and shining teeth. Your veterinarian will likely make recommendations about at-home oral hygiene for your pet, as well as the best time to come back for the next cleaning. Once annually is usually the recommendation for a pet teeth cleaning, though more frequent visits may be necessary depending on your pet’s breed and health.
At Northpointe Veterinary Hospital we do our best to make your pet’s dental cleaning as easy and convenient as possible for both of you. Your pet will be in good hands the entire time they are with us, and they will come back to you a healthier, happier, and cleaner animal.