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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!

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Open 8am-8pm, 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 for Pets Important?

Oral health issues in pets can lead to pain, disruption in feeding, tooth loss, as well systemic problems from severe infections. Dental care for pets is a set of practices that aim to prevent and address oral health issues in pets, thereby contributing to a pet’s quality of life and long-term well-being.
Veterinary dental care encompasses the following:
• Consultation
• Dental Exam & Teeth Cleaning
• Dental Surgery
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As a reminder, regular veterinary dental care is crucial — but it should be complemented by consistent at-home toothbrushing for the best chance of preventing serious dental issues in your pets.


We use the latest techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that your pet receives the highest quality of care.

Dental care at Sploot includes the following: consultation, dental exam, and dental cleaning. Dental surgery will be prescribed as needed, depending on the findings during the consultation and dental exam.

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Pet dental care starts with a pre-operative consultation. The primary goal of this consultation is to:
• Visually check for dental issues;
• Check if your pet is in good health to undergo anesthesia (bloodwork will be conducted); and
• Provide an estimate (this may be updated later after the dental exam, which allows the veterinarian to more thoroughly examine the pet’s oral health)
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Dental Exam & Teeth Cleaning

The dental exam involves the use of periodontal probing and x-ray imaging to thoroughly scan for any tooth or gum problems — many of which are not easily visible to the naked eye.
Dental cleaning involves the use of manual scalers and ultrasonic scalers to remove disease-causing plaque and tartar in a way that regular toothbrushing cannot.
If any dental problems are uncovered during the dental exam, the corresponding dental surgery treatment would be recommended.

Dental Surgery (As Needed)

The goal of dental surgery is to address any detected oral health issues during the dental exam. Dental surgery at Sploot can involve:
• Tooth extraction - For tooth decay, loose teeth, fractured teeth,and retained baby teeth
• Gingivectomy - For managing advanced gum disease (periodontal disease)Oral mass removal - For oral mass diagnosis and removal
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Why Sploot Vets?

A Stress-Free
Modern Clinic

Whether a dog or cat needs dental cleaning or dental surgery, our stress-free clinic, friendly staff, and serene clinic environment make the experience as calm as possible.

Radiology & Lab

Radiographic exams and blood testing are part of most dental procedures. Having an in-house x-ray and diagnostic laboratory means that dental procedures at Sploot are seamless and quick.

A Seamless Experience Throughout

Our pet parent concierge is ready to answer any pet parent questions at any stage of the procedure, from pre-op preparations to post-op care. We also provide live updates during the procedure itself, to reassure pet parents that their furry friend is given the best care possible!

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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:
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
Visibly broken, loose, or moving teeth
Abnormal chewing (slow chewing or preferring one side of the mouth)

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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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