Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning in Lakeland, FL
At Lakeland Animal Clinic our goal is to reduce the prevalence of dental disease in our patients and help them enjoy a better quality of life. Dental disease can be very painful for pets and lead to tooth loss and infection of the heart, liver, and kidneys. Therefore, we recommend a cat and dog teeth cleaning plan for every pet that comes into our care. Healthy pets are happy pets, and your companion deserves the best dentistry available.
Managing Your Pet’s Dental Health
Most oral problems are hidden below the gum line. For us to make a full oral health assessment, your pet must be fully sedated. This allows us to examine every individual tooth and check their gums, too. Our process:
Following a health evaluation and blood work, your pet receives pain relief medication and is fully sedated for their complete oral health exam.
If no extractions are needed, we proceed to clean the teeth above and below the gum line. If extractions are necessary, we perform nerve blocks to keep pain to an absolute minimum. We always contact owners for their approval before we perform any dental extractions.
Following extraction(s), we clean and polish the remaining teeth and apply fluoride treatment. Our OraVet gel creates an invisible barrier to protect the teeth from plaque and tartar buildup.
Next, we place antibiotic Clindoral gel in deep gingival pockets around the teeth to prevent infection.
We send patients home with additional pain relief medication. Additionally, we recommend a water additive that can significantly reduce bacterial buildup in the mouth.
Patients that undergo tooth extractions must see us for a follow-up visit a month after their procedure. This helps to ensure that they are healing properly and have no other oral problems.
Does Your Pet Show
the Signs of Dental Disease?
Your pet will not be able to tell you when their teeth or gums hurt, but their condition might show in these symptoms and behaviors:
- Bad breath
- Brown/yellow teeth
- Loose teeth
- Bright red gums
- Bleeding gums
- Excessive drooling
- Dropping food
- Pawing at the mouth
- Avoiding any activities that involve chewing