Professional Teeth Cleaningfor Dogs and Cats in Ruston, Louisiana A majority of dogs and cats over 3 years of age have some form of periodontal disease. In fact, this is one of the most common health conditions we see in dogs and cats. This is not necessarily a matter of neglect; many pet parents don’t realize their companions have oral health problems because they don’t show any outward clinical signs! Luckily, we can combat periodontal disease and other oral health issues with routine checkups, tailored dental care plans, and professional cat and dog teeth cleaning procedures here in Ruston, LA. Our team is always happy to answer your questions, offer recommendations, and provide demonstrations so your pet can stay disease-free for life. Does your pet have bad breath? Are they drooling excessively? They might need an oral exam. Call (318) 255-3303 or make an appointment online. Make an Appointment Why do Dogs and Cats Need Professional Teeth Cleaning? Teeth cleanings are necessary because even with daily brushing and other home treatments, plaque and bacteria can still find their way under your pet’s gums, where most dental problems occur. Only by sedating your pet and cleaning under their gum line can we be sure that they don’t have an infection brewing. Furthermore, if your pet happens to have periodontal disease, it’s essential that we treat any existing infection as soon as possible and provide treatment to help prevent future infection. What to Expect from Your Pet’s Teeth Cleaning Professional teeth cleanings for dogs and cats are similar to the teeth cleanings you have at your dentist’s office. The only difference is, your pet will need to be under general anesthesia during their cleaning. This makes the procedure safer and more comfortable for your pet, and easier for our team to perform thoroughly. We also recommend pre-anesthetic blood work for pets under 7 years of age, and require it for pets over 7 years of age. Pre-anesthetic blood work helps us evaluate your pet’s liver and kidneys to make sure they’re healthy. During the teeth cleaning procedure, we will: Check all of your pet’s teeth, their gums, and the rest of their oral cavity for swelling, lumps, abscesses, and signs of decay Clean the teeth using hand scaling and ultrasonic scaling instruments, which help to remove hardened plaque and tartar Polish the enamel to create a smooth, plaque-resistant surface If necessary, we can also do tooth extractions. Our team will obtain your consent before moving forward with the procedure, and we will provide your pet with the pain management they need to recover comfortably. For more information about cleaning your pet’s teeth or to schedule an appointment, call us at (318) 255-3303.