Pet Dental Cleaningsin Mandeville, LA
People are told that yearly dental cleanings and check-ups are
essential for proper dental care. What we tend to forget is that
dental care for our pets is equally important! At Lakeshore
Veterinary Hospital in Mandeville, we know that our pet’s oral health
is sometimes overlooked. Over 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of
cats experience periodontal disease by the time they are three years
At Lakeshore Veterinary Hospital, we are here to help pet owners understand the need for proper dental care and give them the information they need to provide it for their cats and dogs. Teeth cleanings are important to your pet’s wellness care. Call us at (985) 626-5615 to schedule an exam for your pet’s oral exam or dental cleaning today!
What to expectWhat Our Cleanings May Include:
- Removal of Visible Plaque and Tartar From the Teeth
- Elimination of Plaque and Tartar From Under the Gumline
- Probing of Dental Sockets to Assess Dental Disease
- Polishing to Smooth Enamel Scratches That May Attract Bacteria
- Dental Radiographs (X-Rays) to Evaluate Problems Below the Gumline
- Removal or Repair of Fractured or Infected Teeth
- Dental Charting So Progression of Dental Disease Can Be Monitored Over Time
- Inspection of the Lips, Tongue, and Entire Mouth for Growths, Wounds, or Other Problems
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is a Pet Dental Cleaning?
During your pet’s comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment, our veterinarians at Lakeshore Veterinary Hospital will put your pet under general anesthesia, tailored specifically to your pet’s unique needs. General anesthesia is required for any dental procedure to protect both your pet and the veterinarian. During this time, and throughout the entire dental cleaning and treatment, your pet will be monitored with equipment used to measure blood pressure, blood oxygen percentage, and EKG. We also use warm air blankets to ensure your pet maintains a normal body temperature which will also be closely monitored during the dental cleaning and treatment.
Our nurses will monitor your pet the entire length of the dental procedure until your pet has fully recovered. They will alert the doctor if any concerns arise. Before any dental cleaning takes place, we will take digital radiographs, or x-rays, of your pet’s teeth and tooth roots to identify any problems below the gum area. We would also be able to identify any broken or infected teeth during this procedure.
Our attending veterinarian will use a sonic scaler to remove the plaque and tartar from the teeth. Then, the veterinarian will use a special polishing paste that smooths out any scratches in the enamel of the teeth.
How Do I Know If My Pet Needs a Dental Cleaning?
During your wellness visits at Lakeshore Veterinary Hospital, a thorough oral health exam is always completed by our doctors so that we can stay on top of your pet’s dental health. If you detect an unpleasant odor in your pet's breath it may be time for a dental cleaning. Another sign would be the build-up of a brown or yellow substance (tartar) covering the white part of the tooth.
Pets needing dental care will get gingivitis so you may notice redness or bleeding along the gum-line. For pet’s with advanced dental disease, owners will notice low energy, poor or picky appetite, and at times, even missing teeth.
What Are the Benefits of a Dental Cleaning?
Proper dental care will help keep your pet from developing a wide variety of dental health issues, such as periodontal disease, which is caused by the build-up of bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria form a film over the teeth called plaque. As the bacteria die, they can become calcified by the calcium in your pet’s saliva. The calcified plaque is called tartar, and it can eventually lead to gingivitis.
Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to a painful infection in the root of the tooth. In the late stages of periodontal disease, the tissues around the tooth are destroyed, and the socket that holds the tooth in place erodes, which causes the tooth to loosen.
Schedule an Appointment Today at Lakeshore Veterinary Hospital
Our team is excited to help with any questions or concerns you might have about a dog or cat dental cleaning . Schedule an appointment for a consultation or cleaning today. Call us at (985) 626-5615!