At Edmond East Animal Hospital, we firmly believe that dog and cat teeth cleaning is one of the most important aspects of your pet’s overall health. When tartar and plaque accumulate on your pet’s teeth, toxins seep below the gum line and into the blood stream. The result can be infections in internal organs, like the heart, liver, and kidneys.

Complete Pet Oral Exams

When your pet comes to Edmond East Animal Hospital for a professional oral examination, we check their oral cavity thoroughly to ensure that we identify any potential problems and we will discuss with you how to address them. We look for certain concerns such as broken teeth, decaying teeth, infections, loose teeth, gingivitis, tumors, and more.

Professional Dog and Cat Teeth Cleanings

When we conduct professional dog and cat teeth cleanings, we utilize complete surgical-grade anesthesia services, with surgical monitoring to make anesthesia as safe as possible. (Visit our surgery page for more information about anesthesia and monitoring.) During your dog and cat’s procedure, we remove the calculus from the tooth surface, thoroughly clean along and just below the gum line, polish the tooth surfaces, apply fluoride to the teeth, and completely chart the oral cavity.

Dog and Cat Dental X-Rays

We perform dental radiographs (x-rays) on all patients, to make sure that we have identified any potential problems, since 80% of the dental anatomy is not visible to the eye. The digital dental radiographs aide in making an official diagnosis and help determine needed therapy. We will always perform digital dental x-rays before we make an official diagnosis. If any abnormal areas or problems are identified with x-rays, the owner will be contacted about further recommended treatment (unless previous arrangements have been made), along with the additional costs for that treatment. In most cases, any required treatment the pet owner agrees to can be performed at the same time as the teeth cleaning.

At-Home Dog and Cat Teeth Cleaning

Once your pet’s professional teeth cleaning is complete and your pet’s mouth has healed, we recommend maintaining their oral health on a regular basis. Performing at home dental care is essential to your pet’s continued health. Some dental health care options are:

  • Brushing: the best option for keeping teeth clean. If your pet won't allow their teeth to be brushed, ask us for advice.
  • Dental Chews
  • Water additives
  • Oral gels

If you have questions about your pet's oral care needs, please contact us today. We’re here to help you make the best decisions when it comes to pet dental care.