Dental Health Care

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a condition in which bacteria attack the soft gum tissue. It is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets—80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age three.

How a simple dental infection spreads…

Bacteria, combined with saliva and food debris between the tooth and gum, can cause plaque formulations that accumulate on the tooth. As bacteria grow in the plaque and as calcium salts are deposited, plaque turns to tartar. Without treatment, this plaque and tartar buildup leads to periodontal disease. The infection can enter the bloodstream, potentially infecting the heart, liver, and kidneys. This is where the danger lies.

What steps are involved in a dental cleaning?
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  • Scaling the tartar from above and below the gum line, using both hand instruments and ultrasonic scaling equipment.
  • Polishing smooth’s down” the surfaces, making them more resistant to plaque formation.

Dental radiography is critical for the accurate evaluation of periodontal disease, as 60% of the disease is hidden below the gum line. Our state-of-the-art digitalradiology system allows us to view images immediately. This limits the amount of time your pet is under anesthesia.

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Anesthesia safety

All anesthetic procedures are closely monitored by our highly trained nursing staff to ensure your pet’s safety and comfort before, during, and after the dental procedure. View CPAH Anesthesia Safety and Your Pet.


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Pet Periodontal Disease from Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties

Feline Tooth Resorption from Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties

How to Brush Your Pet's Teeth from the American Veterinary Medical Association

Veterinary Oral Health Council “Seal of Acceptance”

Products are awarded the VOHC Seal of Acceptance following review of data from trials conducted according to VOHC protocols. The VOHC Seal is displayed on products that have been awarded the Seal. Regular use of products carrying the VOHC Seal will reduce the severity of periodontal disease,

We may need to call you if problems are found. Please leave a phone number where we can contact you that morning. If you will be unavailable, please talk to one of the doctors when you leave your pet with us in the morning.

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