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Dogs and cats often do not show obvious signs of pain and discomfort from dental disease until it is advanced, but they don't have to suffer through this. Regular check-ups will help your vet detect early periodontal disease and help tailor a treatment plan to your pet's needs.  Your veterinarian may recommend a dental cleaning for your pet. 

Regular cleanings work well to stave off periodontal disease, but sometimes your pet is in a more advanced stage of periodontal disease and may require more extensive care.  Unfortunately, dogs and cats do not tolerate having their teeth scraped and thoroughly cleaned and evaluated while awake and so, with dogs and cats, this requires general anesthesia.  A thorough cleaning, polishing and evaluation will take place.  In some cases this requires digital radiographs which allows us to assess the teeth and mouth more deeply.  

Your pet's mouth will be evaluated at their routine wellness visit but if you have any concerns in between appointments we are always willing to evaluate your pet's mouth and see if there are any issues.  

Here is a before and after picture from a routine dental cleaning...