Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Often, periodontal disease in pets can be caught and treated early on. It is important to watch for warning signs of periodontal disease, and take appropriate steps to prevent it in your pet. Some symptoms that your pet may have periodontal disease include:

  • Stinky breath
  • Yellow/brown teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Trouble picking up food or eating
  • Bleeding or red gums
  • Bumps or lumps in the mouth

If your pet is displaying any of these symptoms, please schedule a dental exam and cleaning for them as soon as possible!

Dental Cleaning at Santa Fe Pet Clinic

When your pet comes in for a dental cleaning, they are put under general anesthesia and closely monitored by our highly trained veterinary technician using their skilled eyes and ears, a stethoscope, EKG and Pulse Ox monitor. During a dental cleaning, the patient’s teeth are:

  • ultrasonically scaled (which removes the plaque and tartar)
  • checked for pockets, cavities, fractures, chips, or any other issues
  • polished
  • given a hardening fluoride foam rinse

They will leave the clinic usually the same day with bright, shiny teeth and good smelling breath! Check out this before & after of one pet to see just how much of a difference a dental cleaning can make.

A dogs freshly cleaned teeth

Left click & drag to view before & after.