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Pet Dental Exams and Cleaning in San Jose

FREE Full Mouth Dental X-rays included with all Dental Cleaning Procedures

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Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic Offers Full Mouth Dental X-rays at no additional charge ($125 value), when your pet’s teeth are cleaned. We would need to have a current exam by one of our veterinarians before scheduling the dental cleaning to make sure your pet is an appropriate, safe candidate for this anesthetic procedure. This exam, the anesthesia, cleaning of the teeth, and any pre- or post cleaning procedures/tests would be charged at regular fees.

We now have digital dental x-rays (along w/ digital general x-rays of the body) which produce much cleaner, sharper, more diagnostic images than film. We can view the images within seconds of taking the x-ray, versus minutes while waiting for film to develop. This means a safer, shorter anesthetic experience for your pet versus film, and better diagnostics, which means better dental care for your pet.

Much of dental disease occurs below the gum line. This has been long recognized in people, where dental x-rays have long been used. Veterinary dentistry continues to evolve, and get better and better. Digital dental radiographs are another step toward providing better care for your pet.

Dental radiographs give us the ability to see if there are any abscesses at the root tips, root abnormalities, such as a hooked root tip (which would make extracting that root extremely difficult), fused roots, extra roots, bone loss along the roots (can be a very important part of periodontal disease that can only be fully recognized via x-rays), remaining root tips, fractures of the jaw bone, and “dead” teeth, to mention a few.

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Dental disease is one of the most common, if not the most common disease, found in our pets. This comes as a surprise to most people. It is an insidious disease, working constantly and silently, and in small increments, to steal away your pet’s health and long life. It can accelerate damage to the lungs, liver, heart, and kidneys. It can cause bad breath, excessive drooling, decreased appetite, dull and sharp oral pain, and make a pet grumpy. Just as we should go to our dentist on a regular basis for the best care, so should your pets.

Dental disease generally starts out as low-grade gingivitis, with redness and some swelling of the gum margins. There may or may not be VISIBLE calculi or tartar, the mineral deposits that form when plaque sits on the teeth long enough. Surprisingly, it only takes 3-5 days for plaque to start forming calculi. It only takes hours for plaque to form from the bad bacteria in the mouth. Thus, gingivitis is the result of an actual BACTERIAL INFECTION in the mouth under the gum line. It is because of this infection that all the damage to the gums, teeth, and bodily organs occurs, and why it should be treated. You can also see the need to have ONGOING CARE by us and by you. Home care is very important in fighting this ongoing battle.

Home care starts when the pets are young. This is the best time to introduce them to brushing of the teeth. Start with your finger. You want to gently insert your finger into their mouth between the cheek and teeth and move it back and forth. You can use just water or flavor your finger with food, broth, or something else tasty. Cats seem to like tuna juice. In kittens, a Q-tip can work better than your finger. The main thing is to make it an enjoyable experience for them and you or it won't get done. Later you can work up to a washcloth or gauze squares, and then advance to toothbrushes.

Gentle Dental Cleaning for your dog

There are some pastes, gels, treats, chews, and even special foods which may, in some cases, be the ONLY thing your pet may tolerate instead of brushing. But brushing is still the best.

Do not give your pet hard objects to chew on because they can actually break the teeth! Hooves, Nylabones, "knuckle bones," bones in general, hard plastic toys, Ice cubes and rocks fall under this category of hard objects.

Veterinary dental care involves identifying potential problems, anesthetizing the animal safely, evaluating the mouth, and then doing the procedures to deal with the problems found during the evaluation. The problem may just be early gingivitis. It may also be severe periodontal disease, where the tooth may be loose due to bone loss around the tooth, along with severe gingivitis.

For thorough evaluation, anesthesia is necessary. Anesthesia is very safe these days because of improved anesthetic techniques, better support and monitoring during anesthesia, and pre-anesthetic blood testing. All pets undergoing a dental procedure at LAVC require an IV catheter, at no extra cost, for direct IV access and fluid to support circulation and blood pressure during anesthesia.

Once anesthetized, the pet’s teeth and gums are checked for abnormally deep pockets alongside the roots, receding of the gum line, swelling of the gums, looseness of any teeth, or signs of tooth disease such as cavities, fractures, and exposed pulp. The teeth are then cleaned of any plaque and tartar using the latest techniques and equipment possible. Teeth that cannot be repaired will be extracted to prevent your pet from experiencing any unnecessary pain. In many cases, antibiotics will be dispensed to treat and or prevent infection.

We hope this helps you understand dental disease a little better. Our hope is that you can make an informed choice about the health care of your pet. Please feel free to ask any questions; contact us at (408) 293-3448.


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