Most of our patients have symptoms of oral disease much earlier than our clients would expect or recognize. Periodontal disease is a progressive health issue that begins as plaque accumulates on your pet's teeth. Just like with humans, this plaque quickly calcifies into tartar.
As the tartar begins to spread beneath your pet's gum line, it causes a harmful chain reaction by giving nasty bacteria a place to hide, while progressively destroying the attachment of the teeth to the jawbone.
Pets with periodontal disease often live with a painful mouth and never show obvious signs of it until that destruction has really advanced.
Because the onset is usually gradual, periodontal disease is a problem that’s often overlooked by our clients. By performing routine professional cleaning, we will make sure your pet has as healthy a mouth as possible, and lives a longer, healthier life.
We strongly recommend routine dental cleaning under general anesthesia at least once a year. Some pets require a more aggressive cleaning schedule, often depending on your pet’s breed and mouth conformation. The timing between cleanings really depends on how fast your pet accumulates tartar.
Our Pet Dentistry Services
At SoMa Animal Hospital we believe preventative dental care is the best dental care for pets and offer a full array of veterinary dental services, including:
- Dental wellness exams
- Annual dental cleanings
- Dental radiographs (x-rays)
- Extractions when needed
- Pain management during and after dental procedures
Our veterinary team highly recommends routine labwork before any anesthetic procedure, which includes some dental cleanings and procedures. This is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your pet and alert our care team to any changes that may need made in the anesthetic procedure or monitoring.