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Many health problems start in the mouth. Plaque, tartar, periodontal disease, and infected teeth serve as a source of inflammation and infection for the rest of the body. There are many ways that dog and cat owners can help their veterinarian provide a healthy mouth for their pet. Our dental services at Pacific Park Animal Hospital include teeth cleaning and polishing, tooth extractions and minor oral surgery.
If your pet is 3 years or older, he/she has tartar and plaque build-up on the teeth and probably needs a dental cleaning. Most older pets will have advanced tartar build-up and some degree of gum disease. The problem begins when plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on your pet's teeth. Plaque harbors the bacteria which can infect gum tissue and the root system of the teeth. This often results in healthy teeth having to be extracted because the root structure has been compromised.
Regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet's health at any age. We use modern and safe ultrasound equipment; each tooth is thoroughly cleaned above and below the gum line. Dental technicians polish the teeth to create a smooth, lustrous surface more resistant to plaque buildup. Our dental services also include tooth extractions and oral surgery as needed.