Dental Preventative Care: Cat & Dog Teeth Cleaning in Charleston, SC

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The team at West Ashley Veterinary Clinic wants to prevent oral disease in pets as much as possible, so we take a proactive approach to your pet’s oral health with our dental services. With regular wellness exams, cat and dog teeth cleanings as needed, and routine oral hygiene practices at home, together we can keep your companion healthy and pain-free.

Bad breath, red gums, and tartar are just some of the early signs of dental disease in pets, which can eventually affect more than just your pet’s mouth. In advanced stages, it can affect the liver, heart, and kidneys. It can also be very painful and can obviously affect your pet’s quality and quantity of life. Roughly 50% of all dogs and cats have some form of dental disease by just three years of age, which makes routine pet dental care even more important!

Schedule your pet’s checkup or teeth cleaning today by calling (843) 571-7095.

What Happens During a Cat or Dog Teeth Cleaning Procedure?

What Happens During a Cat or Dog Teeth Cleaning Procedure?

For your pet’s safety and to prevent stress or discomfort, we perform all dental prophylactic procedures (teeth cleanings) under general anesthesia. This approach allows the best access for examination and treatment of the teeth, gums, throat, and tongue.

Dog Getting Dental X Ray

We Take Steps to Minimize Risk

We recommend pre-anesthetic blood work prior to each dental procedure to determine if there are any underlying health issues that increase risk or need treatment. Your pet receives pain medication and intravenous (IV) fluid therapy and is carefully monitored during the procedure.

We Check Your Pet’s Oral Health Below the Gum Line

We use digital dental X-rays to view the large portions of the teeth below the gum line where many dental problems hide. This ensures we can find baby teeth that have not yet emerged, determine whether a tooth is still vital, prove that a broken tooth or root has been fully removed, or determine whether a mass is benign or malignant.

We Perform the Teeth Cleaning & Other Necessary Treatments

To improve your pet’s oral health, we follow these steps during the dental procedure:

  • Examine the oral cavity, throat, teeth, gums, and tongue
  • Take high-definition dental digital X-rays
  • Assess tooth mobility and probe for deep gingival pockets, infection, or gum recession
  • Remove diseased or deciduous teeth using a specialized high-speed hand drill if needed
  • Perform the ultrasonic cleaning to remove tartar and plaque from the teeth
  • Polish the tooth enamel to smooth out abrasions and reduce future buildup
Dental Before Dental After

If you have any questions about our cat and dog teeth cleaning services in Charleston, SC, we would be happy to perform an evaluation and answer your questions! Please see our dental services literature for additional information about pet dental care.