Protecting your pet’s pearly whites is an integral part of maintaining their overall health. Poor oral hygiene can create broken teeth, bad breath or gum issues that affect their overall quality of life. We recommend a comprehensive dental exam during your pet’s regular checkup. 

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What is a comprehensive dental exam?

A comprehensive dental exam is an opportunity for our team to examine your pet’s oral health. This means checking the teeth, tongue and gums. Though most pets only need a dental checkup once a year, if your pet is experiencing dental discomfort or symptoms of dental disease, please schedule an appointment at 403-217-0460. Some signs of dental disease you could notice include: 

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Missing teeth 
  • Bleeding/inflamed gums

How do you clean their teeth?

We perform a range of services like teeth scaling and polishing, fluoride treatments, digital dental radiographs and tooth extraction; all performed while your pet is under general anesthesia. Our ultrasonic cleaner gets deep into the crevices of your pet’s teeth, including below the gum line to remove tartar buildup. We finish off the procedure by polishing their teeth.  

Why can’t my pet stay awake for dental care?

A lot goes into your pet’s appointment than just a standard cleaning. We take X-rays of their mouth to evaluate teeth and bone health above and below the gum line. Your pet needs to be perfectly still so we can capture accurate images. Sometimes we also need to perform extractions, and anesthesia helps eliminate pain for your pet. We couldn’t guarantee your pet’s safety if they stay awake through all of this.

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