Our Rancho Bernardo Veterinarian Is Your Source for Pet Dentistry
Dental problems in pets are more common than many owners realize. Our veterinarian suggest an annual dental exam to prevent a buildup of plaque and tartar. While performing your pet’s dental cleaning, our veterinarian will also evaluate the overall oral health of your animal.
Our Pet Dentistry Services
Our pet dentistry services include everything from your pet’s routine annual cleaning, examination for tartar and other oral health concerns, and tooth extractions to remove a broken or severely decayed tooth. We’ll examine your pet’s teeth for discoloration as well. Grey, reddened, inflamed, pink or tan teeth can potentially indicate bacterial growth or enamel issues.
Dr. Stephens will report her findings during your pet’s exam and discuss the appropriate course of treatment for your pet. We strive to offer exceptional care for your pet in a stress free environment. During your pet’s visit, he will receive safe anesthesia to help keep him relaxed; anesthesia allows our staff to remove tartar that occurs above the gumline and would be otherwise difficult to reach. Sedation also allows us to carefully inspect all aspects of your pet’s oral health without your pet becoming distressed. Dr. Stephens will pay special attention to fractured teeth that result from hard chewing, as fractures allow bacteria to penetrate the tooth and grow inside. We will also inspect your pet’s gums for signs of periodontal disease.
Many owners only know something is wrong when they observe changes in their pet’s behavior, at which point their pet is most likely in pain. Routine dental visits can reduce the likelihood of a bacterial infection happening in the first place, or at least stop it from spreading to your animal’s organs. The small amount of discomfort that may result after a dental cleaning or procedure can prevent a systemic infection or other serious issues – so an annual dental cleaning is definitely an important appointment!
Many owners report their pet experiences foul breath. This may be due to dietary choices or bacteria. Regular maintenance that includes anti-plaque treatments along with regular brushing can significantly improve your pet’s breath.
Our Rancho Bernardo veterinarian understands that brushing at home can be challenging. Because we suggest brushing your pet’s teeth on a daily basis, we are happy to offer tips during your pet’s in-office cleaning. We can also answer any questions you may have about how your pet’s diet can benefit their oral health.
To make pet dental appointment today, give us a call at 858-451-1700.
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