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Our Los Angeles Veterinarian Answers Your Top Pet Dental Care Questions

Animal teeth cleaning is an important part of our pet wellness care services. Below, our Los Angeles veterinarian Dr. Jeff answers six of the most frequently asked questions about veterinary dental care, impacted and chipped teeth, and animal teeth cleaning

Los Angeles Animal Teeth Cleaning and Its Importance to Your Pet’s Health

1.    Does my pet need to be placed under anesthesia to perform dental work?

Typically, yes, your pet will need to be put under using anesthesia to perform dental work, such as a tooth extraction. This is because pets can become anxious, distressed and upset during a dental examination, extraction or cleaning. Placing a pet under anesthesia is the safest choice for a pet’s overall well-being and allows our veterinary dental care team to successfully complete the cleaning or extraction. Prior to placing a pet under anesthesia, our veterinarian will perform full diagnostic blood work to ensure that doing so is safe. 

2.    What is a Board Certified Veterinary Specialist?

A Board Certified Veterinary Specialist is a veterinarian who has completed advanced post-graduate studies and passed a credentialed review as established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Dr. Jeff is a Board Certified Veterinary Specialist which allows him to provide an advanced level of care for Los Angeles pets, including animal teeth cleaning.

3.    How often should I get my pet’s teeth professionally cleaned?

A pet’s teeth should be professionally cleaned once every year. This dental cleaning is an important opportunity to assess a pet’s overall dental health, remove plaque and tartar deposits from the gum line, and polish a pet’s teeth to reduce the risk for future tartar build up.

4.    Our dog has a fractured tooth and doesn’t seem bothered by it; do we really need to have it treated?

Yes, even if your pet does not seem to be bothered by a fractured tooth, it should still be treated. Chipped and/or cracked teeth are one of the most common veterinary dental problems. Ignoring these problems will not only affect your pet’s ability to eat, but may also lead to infections and more complex veterinary dental problems.

5.   Is tooth extraction the only treatment option for impacted teeth?

In general, tooth extraction is the preferred treatment option for impacted teeth. Impacted teeth are typically seen in young pets are pets who have not received proper dental care. Impacted teeth must be removed while under anesthesia.

Questions about your pet’s dental care? Please contact our office for an appointment with our Los Angeles veterinarian.