Veterinary Dentistry

Dental care is vital to the overall health of any animal. Dental disease leads to health issues with the heart, liver, and kidneys, and can affect the entire body through the bloodstream. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over three years of age suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common pet health issue among our pet population in Echo Park, CA.

In spite of these disturbing facts, many pet owners are not aware of the importance of dental care to their pet’s health. There are a lot of different ways to improve your pet’s dental hygiene, including home brushing, dental chews, and regular inspection.

The most effective way to protect your pet from dental disease is through professional cleanings. We perform thorough cleanings, including the area beneath the gums that you can’t see or access at home.

If your pet has brown/yellow teeth, bad breath, or is having difficulty eating, these could all be signs of dental disease. Please call us today to learn more and schedule your pet’s dental cleaning.

Teeth Cleaning

Just as is the case with your teeth, accumulation of plaque and tartar in your pet’s mouth can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and other problems.

A cleaning involves more than just removing plaque and tartar. The veterinarian will also thoroughly examine your pet’s mouth to form a complete picture of its dental health. General anesthesia is administered before the cleaning. Your pet won’t experience discomfort, and the veterinarian will be able to work as slowly and carefully as possible. Your pet will have a tube its throat to help it breathe. The tube will also prevent your pet from inhaling bacteria that are uncovered during the cleaning.

Tartar and plaque will be removed, including accumulations that are found under the gum. As this proceeds, the veterinarian will probe for signs of decay or gum disease.

To protect against future problems, some teeth may be lightly polished to smooth surfaces that could attract bacteria. A dental sealer may also be applied. X-rays will be taken and the mouth, tongue and lips will be examined. If a tooth is found to be in such serious condition that extraction is warranted immediately, this will be done.

You can extend the benefits of cleaning by implementing a regime of dental care at home. Daily brushing and antibacterial sprays and rinses can have significant impact. Food and treats are available that are designed to reduce the accumulation of plaque. Ask the staff for suggestions.

Teeth Extraction

Cats and dogs have teeth whose roots can go deep into surrounding bone. Extracting is more complicated that extracting human teeth.

Before the extraction, your pet will be given anesthetic. When the tooth is removed, the “socket” remaining in the space from which it came will be surgically closed. This helps ensure faster healing and reduce pain.

Due to the fact that carnivores such as cats and dogs don’t really “chew” their food, your pet should be able to resume eating when you return home.