Dental care isn’t just about bright smiles and great breath. It’s a huge factor in a pet’s quality (and length) of life. Give your furry companion the best chance at having more happy years!
WHY IS DENTAL CARE IMPORTANT?
WHAT TO EXPECT
At Sploot, our team of experts will provide a thorough evaluation of your pet’s dental health. We will clean the teeth, check for any signs of disease, and discuss any necessary treatments or preventative care with you. We offer a wide range of dental services, including digital dental radiography, scaling and polishing, extractions, and more. We use the latest techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that your pet receives the highest quality of care.
Routine dental care at Sploot consists of two appointments: the dental consult and the dental cleaning.
This visit typically lasts half an hour.
Typical dental cleaning appointments consist of teeth cleaning (using such tools as manual scalers and ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque and tartar). In addition, the veterinarian will also use periodontal probing and dental x-rays to assess the condition of teeth and tissues below the gumline. In addition, tooth extractions may be performed. The veterinarian will use a drill to skillfully dislodge the tooth’s root from the jaw bone.
Teeth may be treated with fluoride to strengthen enamel, repair early tooth decay, and kill infection-causing bacteria.
Based on the actual work needed on the day of the dental cleaning, the estimate may be adjusted in either direction to reflect any additional discoveries or adjusted recommendations the veterinarian may have as a deeper understanding of your pet’s oral health is uncovered with the additional equipment of X-rays and periodontal probing.
This visit typically lasts about two hours, although the time can vary depending on the work that needs to be done for your pet.
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WHEN TO SEE A VET FOR PET DENTAL CARE
Pet parents can also schedule a dental exam upon observing one or more of the following signs of dental problems in dogs and cats:
WHY SPLOOT VETS?
In-House Radiology & Lab
Radiographic exams and/or blood testing needed for virtually all surgeries. We offer these services in-house for your convenience.
Caring, Experienced Veterinarians
Our seasoned team specializes in both primary and urgent care. From unusual symptoms to evident injuries, you can count on us for exceptional care.
Daily Appointment Availability
We’re here for you when it matters most. Our clinic doors are open everyday, 365 days a year - including weekends and holidays, and we accept same day appointments and walk-ins.
A Stress-Free Modern Clinic
Whether a dog or cat is brought to Sploot for routine dental care or tooth extraction, our stress-free clinic, friendly staff, and serene clinic environment makes the experience as calm as possible.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Regular dental care for pets is important because it helps avoid dental disease. After a cat or dog’s first year of life, tartar and plaque begins to appear which, if left unaddressed, can lead to tooth cavities, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and etc.
It is important to note that periodontal disease does not solely impact the gums and teeth; in advanced stages, it can lead to systemic or organ damage.
Common signs of dental problems in dogs and cats include difficulty eating, bad breath, bleeding gums, drooling, and chewing food solely on one side of the mouth. Dental problems may also involve tooth abnormalities that may be visible upon a closer look at the pet’s teeth. Teeth may appear broken, moving, retained, or discolored.
Though less common than in humans, dogs and cats can get cavities too. In fact, this is one of the most common dental issues observed in pets. Tooth cavities or tooth decay in dogs and cats are caused mainly by acidic plaque buildup which creates holes on the tooth’s protective layer, the enamel.
The best way to prevent dental problems in dogs and cats is to brush their teeth regularly at home and provide dental chews or toys. Make sure to only use products that are safe for pets. Our veterinarians can give recommendations on which products are the safest and most effective to use.
In addition, scheduling regular dental exams and tooth cleanings is highly recommended to address dental issues early on and prevent plaque buildup.
Generally, cats need annual dental exams after reaching their first year of life. Meanwhile, dogs need annual dental exams after reaching two years of age.
Veterinarians perform a dental consult exam to know if a dog or cat needs dental cleaning.
Pet parents are encouraged to brush their pet’s teeth at home using products designed to be safe for dogs and cats. However, this does not take the place of professional teeth cleaning done by veterinarians which is more thorough and addresses the issue of tartar and plaque build-up.
Dental cleaning involves the use of specialized instruments to remove plaque and tartar from the cat or dog’s teeth while the pet is sedated. This process comes after a thorough dental examination that assesses the condition of the teeth and gums. If necessary, dental procedures like dental extractions are done after dental cleaning.
Generally, it is recommended for dogs and cats to undergo dental cleaning once a year. However, the frequency of dental cleanings depends on the individual needs of the cat or dog. Our veterinarian can recommend the appropriate frequency of dental cleaning for your pet's needs.
Dental cleanings are generally safe for pets, but there is a very small risk of complications from anesthesia. Consult your veterinarian or our Pet Parent Concierge Team if you have concerns about anesthesia (which is mandatory for all dental exams at Sploot).
Dental exams and teeth cleaning for dogs and cats require the use of anesthesia to ensure a stress-free and safe experience for pets.
Anesthesia-free dental cleaning is not just stressful for pets, it also comes with increased risks — such as that of injuries to the pet and the accidental aspiration of debris (which can result in serious complications.)
Anesthesia-free cleaning is also not as thorough as professional dental cleaning with the aid of anesthesia.
Yes. When used by a professional, anesthesia is safe. Here at Sploot, we do a pre-operative examination and lab work to ensure utmost safety for pets of all ages. If for any reason your pet is deemed to be too high risk for anesthesia, our veterinary team will discuss other ways to help.
We do not take anesthesia lightly in patients of any age, and certain precautions should be taken for senior pets. Our expert veterinary staff will do a pre-operative assessment and use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment to make sure your pet is in the best of hands.
Senior pets and pets with underlying health issues can still receive dental care, but special precautions may need to be taken. Our veterinarians can provide guidance on the best approach for your pet.
All in all, routine dental exams and teeth cleaning typically take around 2 hours. The time needed for other dental procedures depends on the extent of the dental issue(s) being addressed.
No. Dental care spans two visits for several reasons.
During the first visit, our veterinarians perform a physical exam and bloodwork to ensure that the cat or dog is healthy enough to be given anesthesia.
During the second visit, the dental exam (including any necessary dental radiography), dental cleaning, and needed dental procedures (e.g. tooth extraction) are done — all while the dog or cat is under anesthesia. The second visit must take place at least 24 hours after the initial visit, in order to have sufficient time to receive the results of bloodwork and to ensure the pet has had adequate time to fast in advance of undergoing anesthesia.
In case a dental issue cannot be addressed within the clinic, the pet parent will be given a referral for specialist care.
Periodontal disease in pets is a progressive bacterial disease that affects the teeth, gums, and bone. Visible signs of periodontal disease may not be present until the disease is in its advanced stages. This is why having a preventive approach against dental issues is highly recommended.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats. The likelihood of periodontal disease increases once a pet reaches three years of age. This is why preventive dental care is recommended at an early age and onward.
Periodontal disease is typically treated with a combined approach including professional dental cleaning, prescribed antibiotics, and home care. Tooth extractions may be needed in severe cases.
It is important to note that advanced periodontal disease in pets, wherein bone loss has occurred, can be managed but is no longer considered curable.
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