The Importance of Animal Teeth Cleaning

The Importance of Animal Teeth Cleaning

During your pet’s dental cleaning (scientific name – a prophylaxis), tartar and plaque are cleaned off your pet’s teeth, and the health of your pet’s whole (teeth, gums, tongue, and lips) mouth are evaluated. A pet’s dental exam is a lot different than that of a human. The first thing the veterinarian does at animal teeth cleaning appointment is an oral exam of your pet’s mouth. This provides you with an opportunity to ask any questions and for the veterinarian to get a good look at your pet’s mouth and teeth. Your pet will then have blood drawn to make sure they are healthy enough for general anesthesia.

What to Expect at Your Pet’s Dental Exam

During your pet’s dental cleaning (scientific name – a prophylaxis), tartar and plaque are cleaned off your pet’s teeth, and the health of your pet’s whole (teeth, gums, tongue, and lips) mouth are evaluated. A pet’s dental exam is a lot different than that of a human. The first thing the veterinarian does at the animal hospital is an oral exam of your pet’s mouth.

This provides you with an opportunity to ask any questions and for the pet dentist to get a good look at your pet’s mouth and teeth. Your pet will then have blood drawn to make sure they are healthy enough for general anesthesia. Once your pet has been determined to be healthy, veterinarian will administer the anesthesia.

Once your pet is asleep they are put on a ventilator (breathing machine), to help them breathe and to prevent the inhalation of any bacteria that is dispensed into the air during the cleaning, preventing it from entering your pet’s lungs.

The anesthesia allows the veterinarian and assistant to provide pain free and anxiety free dental care for your pet whether your pet is having a cleaning, digital x-rays, examination or a dental procedure such as, filing a cavity, or extracting a tooth. Your pet will have to stay overnight for observation at the pet hospital, after the exam.

What Does the Pet Dentist Do During the Dental Exam

A pet dental cleaning includes the following:

  • All visible built-up plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth
  • The tartar and plaque is removed from under the gums
  • Digital x-rays (to look for or evaluate any issues underneath the gums
  • The dental sockets are probed to evaluate any dental diseases
  • The teeth are brushed and the enamel is polished to remove any scratches that can attract bacteria
  • Dental sealer or fluoride is applied to your pet’s teeth for extra protection
  • Any dental procedures that need to be done such as, filling a cavity, repairing or removing cracked or infected teeth
  • Your pet’s whole mouth including the tongue and lips are checked for open wounds, abnormal growths, or any other issues, which may or may not be tested or treated during the exam
  • The pet dentist charts everything they found, treated, and things that need to be monitored, so when you bring your pet back to the animal hospital, they medical record is up to date

An animal teeth cleaning is so much more than a quick look in their mouth and a few strokes with of a toothbrush. Untreated infections, cavities, or cracked teeth can affect your pet’s overall health.

University Animal Hospital, is located in the Upper East End of Manhattan, NYC. They offer numerous services for your pet including: animal teeth cleaning, complete animal dental exams, dental procedures, preventive care for your dog or cat, such as immunizations, diagnostic services, surgical procedures, pet boarding, pet grooming (dog grooming and cat grooming.) Chances are if your pet is in need of nearly any type of care University Animal Hospital, is where you should bring your pet first.

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