Dental Coupon for Free Dental Radiographs ($60 value)!

Free Dental RadiographsJUST SAY NO TO BAD BREATH!  In honor of February’s Pet Dental Health Month, we are offering a dental coupon for free dental radiographs (a $60 value) now through the end of March!  Preventing dental disease (like gingivitis and periodontal disease) can lengthen your pets life span and prevent oral pain.  The following explains why each portion of a professional dental cleaning is so important!  Call today to get an estimate or schedule your pet’s dental cleaning.

What’s included in a Professional Dental Cleaning?
  • Pre-anesthetic exam–We examine your pet to ensure they are healthy for general anesthesia.
  • Pre-anesthesia bloodwork– This lab work is critical to ensure your pets internal organs are functioning properly and can safely process the medications used.
  • Anesthesia monitoring–When your pet is under anesthesia, its vital signs (such as body temperature, heart rate, and respiration) should be monitored and recorded. This helps ensure your pet’s safety while under anesthesia.
  • Oral Examination:  A thorough oral exam allows us to look for problems related to retained deciduous (baby) teeth, missing teeth, extra teeth, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.  While a basic exam can be performed while your pet is awake, anesthesia is required for a more complete examination.
  • Dental radiographs–X-rays of your pet’s teeth are needed periodically to evaluate your pet’s oral health. X-rays also help us detect abnormalities that cannot be seen through physical examination alone. They can also confirm the need for tooth extraction when teeth are loose or badly infected.
  • Scaling and polishing–Using instruments much like human dentists, we remove plaque and calculus from your pet’s teeth (including under the gumline, which is the most important). Polishing with a special paste smoothes out scratches to the tooth enamel.
How often does my pet need dental cleanings?: The current guidelines recommend regular examinations and dental cleanings under general anesthesia for all adult dogs and cats.  These cleanings should typically need take place annually starting at one year for cats and small-breed dogs, and at two years of age for larger-breed dogs (we evaluate your pets oral health at the yearly wellness exam and will make recommendations for dental care).