Pet Dental Care in Studio City
Did you know that pets can develop gum disease, just like people can? In fact, according to the American Veterinary Dental College, most dogs and cats have some form of gum disease by just 3 years of age. In its most advanced stage (periodontitis), gum disease can affect the heart, liver, and kidneys, putting a pet’s life at risk. This is why it’s so important to maintain your pet’s oral health with regular professional exams/cleanings, combined with at-home care. Veterinary Medical Center is equipped with a full-service dental suite where we perform a wide range of pet dental services, including ultrasonic scaling, polishing, and extractions. As an AAHA-accredited pet hospital, we abide by AAHA’s dental guidelines in our use of anesthesia and monitoring, so you can be confident that your pet will be in good hands while in our care.
About Your Pet’s Dental Visit
Each pet dental visit begins with a comprehensive exam while your dog or cat is awake and pre-anesthetic blood work to ensure that he/she is healthy enough to be anesthetized. Performing dental procedures under anesthesia not only keeps your pet safe; it allows our doctors and hygienists to complete a thorough teeth cleaning and oral examination. This process includes a thorough inspection and assessment of tooth root surfaces, tooth mobility, tartar below the gum line, and periodontal pockets. We also rely on digital dental X-rays to view below the gum line, as this is where many dental problems are found. This is followed by extensive water flushing of the mouth to remove plaque and food particles. Our ultrasonic scaler is used to remove tartar and calculus buildup on the teeth. We then use a sterile rinse to flush and clean the oral cavity, followed by a fluoride paste application to polish the teeth and help prevent future plaque buildup.
After your pet’s dental treatment is completed, we discuss our recommendations for how to best maintain his/her mouth from home, including brushing tips and how to choose the best toothbrush. We have a number of pet dental products available at our in-house store that are designed to prevent tartar buildup, including water additives and dental chews.
Signs of Pet Gum Disease
Don’t ignore that bad breath! Some of the signs of early gum disease can be as obvious as bad breath, but others are subtler. Consider the list below of common signs of gum disease in pets so you’ll know what to look for when you “flip the lip.”
- Bad breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Tartar buildup
- Loose teeth
- Trouble eating
If you’ve noticed any of these signs, call Veterinary Medical Center at 818-762-3111 to schedule a dental exam and cleaning.