Good oral hygiene does more than protect your pet’s smile. Over time, most cats and dogs will develop some form of gum disease, and if the bacteria in your pet’s gums makes it into the bloodstream, it can affect the function of vital organs like the heart, liver, and kidneys.
With a three-pronged approach that includes home care and regular cleanings, plus a watchful eye between visits, you can keep your pet’s mouth healthy and happy.
Your pet’s first (and best) line of defense again gum disease is a thorough dental cleaning under general anesthesia once each year. The anesthesia allows us to clean and examine your pet’s mouth and check below the gum lines, extract bad teeth, and take digital dental x-rays.
Annual Dental Cleanings
Dental wipes, chews, and tartar control treats are relatively simple ways to help maintain your pet’s oral health between visits. And if your pet is willing, brush his or her teeth every day with a toothbrush and paste designed just for pets. After your pet’s professional cleaning with us, we’d be happy to demonstrate a proper brushing technique suited for your pet.
At South Baton Rouge Animal Hospital our dental cleanings include pre-anesthetic bloodwork, IV catheter and fluids, scaling and polishing, probing and charting and full mouth radiographs. Full dental radiographs are required in order to fully examine the 60% of your pet's teeth that lies below the gumline. Light anesthesia is required in order to fully examine, assess and clean you pet's teeth during their dental cleaning.
Watch for Symptoms
Even regular dental cleanings can’t guarantee that your pet will never experience discomfort between visits. If you spot any of the following symptoms, give us a call right away:
- Reluctance to eat
- Excessive rubbing or pawing at the mouth
- Severely bad breath
- Loose or missing teeth, or overly discolored teeth
- Swollen or bleeding gums