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Dental Care

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!

Open until 10pm, 365 days a year... same day appointments and urgent-intakes welcome!
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Modern, warm clinics with unlimited free treats.
Open until 10pm, 365 days a year... same day appointments and urgent-intakes welcome!
Primary and urgent care, under one roof.
Easily book online or text us.
Modern, warm clinics with unlimited free treats.

WHY IS DENTAL CARE IMPORTANT?

Great oral health is key to quality of life. Keeping teeth clean and strong helps dogs and cats avoid common oral conditions and diseases, including tooth decay, gum disease, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.
In addition, without consistent dental care, plaque and tartar build on teeth and underneath gums - which often take X-rays to identify. Over time, lapses in oral care can lead to inflammation, pain, infection, and tooth decay or loss; in more serious cases, it can also lead to systemic infections and even heart disease.
At-home brushing is an effective way to maintain your pet’s oral health - and should be done in addition to regular veterinarian-provided dental care. This can help prevent all these conditions, and help your furry family member enjoy a discomfort-free, healthy life!
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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.

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Routine dental care at Sploot consists of two appointments: the dental consult and the dental cleaning.

Dental Consult

In this visit, the primary goal is to preliminarily assess your pet’s oral health. This will be done by examining your pet’s teeth and gums to spot issues like tooth decay, fractured teeth, mobile teeth, or other oral conditions. In addition, in order to check if your pet is in good health to undergo anesthesia, bloodwork will be conducted.
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Based on the veterinarian’s findings during this visit, an estimate will be provided for the cost of dental cleaning. The estimate will reflect several factors, including the extent of dental cleaning that must be done, any potential recommended tooth extractions, or other medicines and procedures that may be recommended for your pet’s oral health.

This visit typically lasts half an hour.
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Dental Cleaning

In this visit, the primary goal is to address your pet’s oral health - acting on the recommendations that resulted from the first visit (the dental consult).

Typical dental cleaning appointments consist of teeth cleaning (using such tools as manual scalers and ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque and tartar). 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.
This visit is done under anesthesia for the safety of your pet and the veterinarian alike - dogs and cats do not understand the purpose and need for this type of care, and if not under anesthesia will often react negatively to the process. Potential dangers include risk of severe injury and accidental aspiration of water, plaque, or other debris into the pet’s airway.

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

Routine dental exams and teeth cleanings are recommended for dogs and cats on a yearly basis.

Pet parents can also schedule a dental exam upon observing one or more of the following signs of dental problems in dogs and cats:
Drooling
Discolored teeth
Bad breath
Uncharacteristic loss of appetite
Retained baby teeth or extra teeth
Swelling or bleeding in or around the dog or cat's
mouth
Visibly broken, loose, or moving teeth
Abnormal chewing (slow chewing or preferring one side of the mouth)

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 urgent-intakes.

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

Why is dental care important for pets?

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.

What are some signs of dental problems in pets?

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.

Can dogs and cats get cavities?

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.

What can I do to prevent dental problems in my pet?

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.

At what age do dogs and cats need annual dental exams and teeth cleaning?

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.

How do I know if my pet needs dental cleaning?

Veterinarians perform a dental consult exam to know if a dog or cat needs dental cleaning.

Can I clean my pet's teeth at home?

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.

What is involved in dental cleaning for pets?

Dental cleaning involves the use of specialized instruments to remove plaque and tartar from the cat or dog’s teeth while the pet is under anesthesia. 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.

How often should pets have dental cleanings?

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.

Are there any risks associated with dental cleanings?

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).

Can dental exams and teeth cleaning be performed without anesthesia?

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.

Is anesthesia safe for pets?

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.

Is anesthesia safe for older pets?

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.

Can pets receive dental care if they are senior or have underlying health issues?

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.

How long do pet dental exams and dental procedures take?

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.

Can dental exams, dental cleanings, and other dental procedures be completed within the same visit?

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.

What if the dental issue requires specialist care?

In case a dental issue cannot be addressed within the clinic, the pet parent will be given a referral for specialist care.

What is periodontal disease in dogs & cats?

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.

How common is periodontal disease in pets?

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.

How is periodontal disease treated?

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.

When can I schedule a routine or urgent dental appointment with Sploot Vets?

You can choose to schedule an appointment with Sploot Vets hours, days, or weeks in advance. We also accept same-day appointments and urgent-intakes (drop-offs)!

What payment options are available in Sploot Vets?

For the safety of our clients and our clinics, we only accept cashless payments. We gladly welcome all major credit and debit cards, along with financing through CareCredit and ScratchPay.

Does Sploot Veterinary Care accept pet insurance?

Pet parents can be reimbursed by their insurance plan as long as the treatment falls within the plan’s coverage scope. 

It's important to note that the scope of veterinary services covered by pet insurance providers vary. Contact your provider if you have questions about covered treatments in your insurance plan.

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Whether you’d like to learn more about our dental services, or just consult our Pet Parent Concierge Team on next steps, you can call or text us!

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