Promoting Better Health with Cat & Dog Teeth Cleaning in Alameda, CA
Your pet’s teeth are essential to their overall health and well-being. Cats and dogs use their teeth for just about everything: eating, playing, grooming, even defending themselves! When they experience oral pain due to dental disease, it doesn’t just affect their mouth; it diminishes their quality of life. At Providence Veterinary Hospital & Clinic, we believe in preventing dental disease in the Alameda and greater Oakland pet community, and treating it if it’s already present with routine cat and dog teeth cleaning services.
The Dangers of Dental Disease
Dental disease in dogs and cats is more than an oral problem. While the disease contributes to gingivitis, tooth damage and loss, and periodontal disease, it can also lead to other serious systemic health problems. If left untreated, bacteria in the mouth can enter your pet's bloodstream and contribute to or worsen diseases affecting the heart, kidneys, and liver.
How We Prevent Dental Disease
At Providence Veterinary Hospital & Clinic, our veterinarians work proactively against dental disease to stop it before it starts. To do this, we promote the following:
Professional Cat & Dog Teeth Cleaning
Professional teeth cleaning for dogs and cats requires the use of general anesthesia for your pet’s safety and comfort. We use the same safety precautions for dental cleanings that we do for surgery.
During a dental cleaning, we’ll perform the following services:
- Digital X-rays to look for the presence of disease below the gum line
- Ultrasonic scaling of teeth both above and below the gum line
- Polishing of each tooth to remove scratches and rough spots, creating a smooth surface that reduces future plaque build-up
- Extractions of damaged teeth, if needed*
*We will ensure your pet has effective pain management both during and after the procedure