What if you never brushed your teeth?
Does my pet need to have regular checkups for gingivitis or periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is considered by many veterinarians to be the most common disease that affects pets. Most cats and dogs develop plaque, calculus, and gingivitis by the time they are 1 year of age. Lack of oral hygiene is probably the most significant reason for the development of periodontal disease in companion animals. Periodontal disease results in inflammation and destruction of the tissues around the tooth. The periodontal tissues include: the gums, connective tissue, and alveolar bone (tooth socket).
Gingivitis, inflammation of the gums, is the first stage of periodontal disease. As periodontal disease progresses there is destruction of tissue attachment between tooth and the surrounding tissues. There is visible inflammation and the loss of bone around the tooth. The loss of gum tissue attachment and bone results in “pockets” of disease below the gum line. This is called periodontal disease.
Untreated periodontal disease is a constant sources of infection for the rest of the body. Eventually, it leads to weakened areas of bone, mobile teeth, and tooth loss. Keeping your pets teeth clean is the best way to treat and prevent periodontal disease. Because, the periodontal disease is hidden below the gum line, a professional teeth cleaning, under anesthesia is the only way to properly treat periodontal disease.
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$10.00 Pre-Dental Examination (This will be discounted from the price of dental procedures if performed within 3 weeks of the exam)
The exam is required prior to scheduling your pet for dental cleaning. The purpose of the exam is to give you a better estimate of cost and to make sure your pet does not need advanced dental care.
For those animals with severe dental disease (animals with Grade 4 periodontal disease and some Grade 3; see below) requiring multiple extractions, and/or dental x-rays, we recommend taking your animal to a veterinary dental specialists. We have a list of clinics with board certified veterinary dentists below.
Periodic Dental Cleanings are meant to remove tartar and staining from your pet’s teeth and slow or prevent advanced dental disease.
$100.00 to $250.00 Dental Cleaning (includes general anesthesia, antibacterial rinse, simple cleaning, basic scaling and polishing)
Additional Charges may apply if extended cleaning is required (i.e. severe tartar and staining, larger animals)
Does NOT include the price for extractions, antibiotics, blood testing or fluid therapy
We still require blood work for animals over 5 years of age, or at the discretion of the veterinarian.
What is your dog's dental grade?
MINOR / GRADE 1
Soft plaque has built up on the surface of the teeth. A small amount of tartar is also present. Tartar was formed when mineral deposits from saliva precipitated in plaque. Bacteria have grown, multiplied and invaded the gum tissues around the tooth causing early gingivitis, and red, inflamed gums.
MODERATE / GRADE 2
Moderate tartar buildup is present. It has acted as a wedge, pushing the gums away from the teeth, causing food, bacteria, and debris to accumulate there. The gums are red, swollen, and painful and bleed when touched. At this stage, proper dental care is crucial to reverse the progress of dental disease.
MAJOR / GRADE 3
Plaque and tartar formation is heavy. Pockets of bacteria and debris have accumulated to form further pockets of infection along the teeth. The infection has destroyed tissues around the teeth that hold them in place, and some have become loose. The gums appear bright red and bleed freely.
SEVERE / Grade 4
Severe tartar formation and gum disease is present. Toxic debris and inflammation have caused extensive tissue death. Roots are infected, abscessed, and rotten. The thin wall of bone surrounding teeth has deteriorated, and many teeth are loose. Bacteria may be spreading through the entire body in the bloodstream, potentially causing harm to vital organs. Pain can also be severe at this stage.
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Veterinary Dental Specialists in the Phoenix Area
7908. East Chaparral Road, Suite #108 | Scottsdale, Arizona 85250
Phone:(480)941-1738 | Fax:(480)941-0569
5940 West Union Hills Drive #120 | Glendale, Arizona 85308
Phone:(602)942-1486 | Fax:(602)942-1633
86 West Juniper Avenue | Gilbert, Arizona 85233
Phone:(480)635-1110 | Fax:(480)365-0680