February is Dental Health Month
Just like humans, dogs and cats need regular dental care. Plaque can build up and cause infection or loose teeth. Infection under the gum line can spread to the liver, kidneys, and heart. As with any aspect of veterinary medicine, prevention is the best solution.
Two Preventive Dental Care Basics:
- Brush regularly – it removes plaque build-up
- Get a veterinary exam every year – it includes a basic dental check to see if any cleaning or treatment is needed
Dental Exams and Treatments at the SF SPCA
The SF SPCA provides full-service dental care that includes cleaning and medical treatments. Every SF SPCA dental exam includes:
- Comprehensive oral exam
- Cleaning of each tooth including below the gumline
- Extraction of any unhealthy teeth
- Pain and stress control
- Careful maintenance and monitoring of the patient before, during and after anesthesia
- Digital radiographs of the teeth and supporting bones, if required
Dental procedures at the SF SPCA always take place under anesthesia in order for the veterinarian to provide the most thorough and humane oral care possible, and to ensure that no dental problems are overlooked.
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