We at K-9 Smiles believe that removing plaque and tartar before it can cause periodontal disease goes a long way toward better dental heath for your pet.
How do you do it?
The following steps are taken when cleaning your pet’s teeth:
ORAL AND MEDICAL EXAM
Your pet’s medical history is reviewed. Your pet will be assessed to see whether or not they will be a good candidate for this procedure. If they are not a right fit for this procedure the vet will explain why?
POSITIONING YOUR PET FOR THE PROCEDURE
We first give your pet Bach Flower essences to reduce stress. We then gently lay your pet on their back or side whichever position is comfortable for them on a dog bed. Small dogs and cats are wrapped in a towel to prevent them from struggling and hurting themselves. Your pet’s stress levels are monitored throughout the dental by a licensed veterinarian, and if we feel your pet’s stress levels are too high we will stop the dental.
Before the dental cleaning process starts the oral cavity is rinsed with 0.12% Chlorhexadine to decrease the number of bacteria in the mouth.
SCALING THE TEETH:
We use a sharp sterile scaler removing all the calculus from every tooth. That includes the buccal or labial, lingual interproximal and occlusal surfaces of each tooth.
SCALING UNDER THE GUM LINE
Curettes are used to remove plaque and calculus from below the gum line or subgingivally.
After all the tartar has been removed each tooth is probed for pocket depth to identify gum disease.
All of the identifiable disease present before treatment is recorded. This includes (but is not limited to) missing, loose, fractured, and discolored teeth, as well as feline oral resorbtive lesions, periodontal pocket depths, gingival recession and overgrowth (hyperplasia) and loose teeth. If necessary we will refer you to your vet.
No matter how careful we are during the scaling/curettage phase of the teeth cleaning, minor micro abrasions of the tooth surface occur. Polishing smooths out the defects and removes any plaque missed during previous steps. We use a polisher, but for those dogs who will not tolerate the polisher, we hand polish.
After polishing the teeth we rinse the mouth out with oral rinse solution.
When the dog or cat is returned back to the owner an overview of the dental is given by the veterinarian explaining all that was identified in the mouth during the dental. If there are issues that need further attention the veterinarian will discuss a treatment plan. That may include dispensing antibiotics, following up with your veterinarian for a digital x-ray, tooth extraction or other procedure, and when you should return for the next cleaning.
Every effort will be made to remove the tartar from your pet’s teeth. However, they are awake and it maybe impossible to remove all the tartar.
Please understand that a non-anesthetic dental exam ($60.00) and cleaning ($195.00-$215.00) may not be as thorough as an anesthetic dental exam, cleaning and x-rays, but rather is just one part of a complete dental care plan for your pet.
If your pet needs antibiotics there will be an additional charge of $20.00-$30.00
We are not cheap or inexpensive but we are AFFORDABLE.