Our pets’ dental health affects their general health. If their teeth aren’t cared for properly, our pets can develop dental disease. This not only causes pain and leads to tooth loss, it can also spread infection to the internal organs, like the heart, kidneys and liver, causing severe organ damage.
Periodontal disease is the most common medical disorder among pets nationwide, affecting more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats by age three. A study conducted at UC Davis on faculty and student pets showed that most pet owners (even veterinarians and future veterinarians!) did not realize that their pets had periodontal disease. Many animals’ teeth will look great on the surface, but dangerous decay and disease can hide under the gum line. Often, only a dental X-ray can show the extent of disease.
Though dental disease is a common issue, it’s also entirely preventable and can even be reversed in its early stages. Regular cleanings at Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital along with at-home care will keep your pet’s teeth pearly white!
Routine professional dental cleanings are important for maintaining your pet’s dental health. The American Veterinary Dental Society recommends full dental cleanings every six months.
Before cleanings begin, our dental patients receive a physical exam and blood work to ensure they are healthy enough for anesthesia. We provide pre-surgical medications to eliminate any possible stress, and pets remain on IV fluids during the dental procedure to keep them hydrated throughout.
At Dana Niguel, we use modern and safe ultrasonic tools during dental cleanings to thoroughly clean each tooth above and below the gum line. Our dental technicians are registered veterinary technicians that have received advanced training in oral examinations, dental charting, cleaning, extractions, dental X-rays and polishing. If we suspect teeth may need to be extracted, we will use dental radiographs to fully visualize the teeth and the spread of disease.
After teeth are cleaned, we treat them with fluoride, which helps strengthen enamel, and we apply OraVet, a waxy gel that adheres to the smooth tooth surface and helps prevent plaque buildup.
The short video below shows the entire process of an anesthetic dental cleaning at Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital:
Non-Anesthetic Teeth Cleanings
The first Friday of every month is Dental Day at Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital! On these days, Veterinary Dental Service (VDS), a highly regarded Dana Point specialist working with pets since 1997, is brought to our hospital to provide special anesthesia-free dental care to our patients.
Non-anesthetic dental cleaning is appropriate when pets don’t have significant gingivitis or deeper periodontal disease. If these conditions are present, then a COHAT (comprehensive oral health and treatment) procedure is needed under anesthesia.
Under the close supervision of Dr. Gary Johnson, VDS’s non-anesthetic cleanings supplement anesthetized dental work, offering another safe and effective method to reduce tartar buildup and improve overall oral health. Because Veterinary Dental Service is our exclusive dental partner, your pet will see the same technician every visit, which helps build a comfortable and trusting relationship.
At-Home Dental Care
Regular at-home dental care is just as important as routine cleanings at our hospital. Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital offers the latest in dog and cat toothbrushes, toothpaste and aftercare snacks and treats that reduce tartar and plaque buildup. A good daily oral health routine is key for avoiding most types of periodontal disease.
Schedule your pet’s dental cleaning at Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital.