What Can you Expect from a Dental Cleaning/Exam?

We recommend for your pet to have a dental cleaning/checkup at least once a year but, do you know what to expect when you bring them in for a cleaning? What additional measurements are taken during the dental process?

When your pet comes in for their dental cleaning/exam, be prepared for him/her to be put under a general anesthesia and incubation.  While they are under anesthesia we will be able to perform a thorough job.

In addition, your pet may also undergo the following procedures:

  • Pre-anesthetic Exam: This examination will include blood tests, urine tests, electrocardiography, and X-Rays. The point of the exam is to ensure your pet is healthy enough to go under general anesthesia.
  • Anesthesia Monitoring: While he/she is under anesthesia, his/her vital signs, i.e. body temperature, heart rate, and respiration will be monitored and recorded. This helps ensure that they are safe while under anesthesia.
  • Dental Radiographs: It is important to get regular X-rays done to have your pet’s oral health checked. X-rays also help us detect any abnormalities that can not be seen through a physical exam. An X-ray can also confirm if there is a need for any extractions when teeth are loose or badly infected.
  • Scaling and Polishing: Similar to our own dental cleaning, we will remove plaque and calculus from your pet’s teeth. In addition, polishing with a special paste smooths out scratches to the tooth enamel.
  • Fluoride/sealants: Anti-plaque substance like fluoride treatment and/or a barrier sealant, will help strengthen and desensitize teeth and discourage the development of future plaque.

Taking care of your pet’s dental health will help him/her live a longer, healthier life.

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