What’s Involved with a Pet Dental Cleaning?

We follow the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) guidelines for all our dental cleaning procedures. Proper surgical protocol and standards are very important to ensure the health and safety of your pet.

Pre-anesthetic exam — Whenever anesthesia is needed, special considerations are taken to help ensure the safety of your pet. We do a thorough exam to to make sure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. Depending on your pet’s age and general physical condition, blood, urine, electrocardiograph, and x-ray tests may be advised to check for any dangerous heart, kidney, or other conditions. Though there is some risk associated with any medical procedure, modern anesthesia is usually safe, even for older pets. You can read more in our article, Is Anesthesia-Free Dental Care the Best Option for Pets?

Anesthesia monitoring — During anesthesia, the monitoring and recording of your pet’s vital signs (such as body temperature, heart rate, and respiration, as well as other important factors) is important. This helps ensure the safety of your pet while undergoing anesthesia.

Dental radiographs — Radiographs (x-rays) of the teeth are needed periodically in order to completely evaluate your pet’s oral health. X-rays aid the veterinarian greatly in detecting abnormalities that cannot be detected under examination alone. In some cases, x-rays can confirm the need for extraction of teeth that are loose or badly infected.

Scaling & Polishing — Veterinarians are advised to use similar instruments as human dentists to remove plaque and calculus from your pet’s teeth. To smooth out any scratches in the tooth enamel, polishing with a special paste is also recommended.

Fluoride/sealants — The application of an anti-plaque substance, such as a fluoride treatment and/or a barrier sealant is also advised. This can help strengthen and desensitize teeth as well as decrease
future plaque.