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Dental Care

How often do you get your teeth professionally cleaned at your dentist?
How often do you brush your teeth? What does your mouth feel like if you skip brushing for even a day?

Regular dental cleanings and brushing help prevent more serious dental disease. Ever wonder why dogs have dog breath, brown tartar, and red gums?

Just like with us, an ounce of prevention goes a long way. Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly AND having regular dental cleanings will help to keep their teeth healthy and their dog breath minty fresh. We will go over brushing with you at your new pet visit and give you tools to help your older pets accept brushing as a regular part of their daily routine. There are various tools we can use to help you keep your pet’s mouth healthy and keep your fingers safe!

As a rule in human medicine dental scallings are used not only to treat periodontal disease but also to prevent it. That is why we all go to the dentist twice a year. Dogs and cats need the same care. It is a proven fact that more frequent dental cleanings help prevent periodontal disease and associated complications such as kidney disease and heart issues like endocarditis. The upside to all of this is that the more frequently you have your pets teeth cleaned, the shorter the procedure will be and the less expensive.

We work diligently to keep the cost of preventative care dentals to a minimum to encourage their use. We have also included them as an option in some of our Packaged Preventative Care Plans.

Here is how we do dental cleanings at Oceanside:
Prior to the day of the dental procedure your pet will have blood drawn for pre-anesthetic testing and will be evaluated to decide if peri-anesthetic antibiotics are indicated. If needed these medications are typically started approximately one week prior to the dental procedure to help prevent spread of bacterial infection. Your pet will be sedated, IV catheter placed, intravenous fluids administered, and endotracheal tube placed. A trained technician will perform dental radiographs to assess the extent of the dental disease and identify teeth in need of extraction or additional treatment. In this manner we can identify sources of pain and discomfort for your pet that would otherwise go unnoticed. The technician will clean your pet’s teeth and place a sealant on the teeth to help prevent tartar accumulation. The doctor will review the radiographs and perform any necessary procedures or extractions. Your pet will be monitored closely during recovery and discharged with additional pain medication if extractions were needed.

How to brush your dog’s teeth

How to brush your cat’s teeth