Pet Dental Cleanings

Annual professional dental cleanings are essential in maintaining the health and longevity of our pets.  We recommend cleaning the teeth and taking radiographs, under safe, general anesthesia beginning at one year of age followed by annual evaluations.

  • Dog Dental Cleanings

    Professional veterinary teeth cleaning and oral examination are important parts of maintaining your dog’s health. We know that providing the best care for your pet is important to you and at Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists, we offer the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art veterinary dental cleanings and exams available.

    Professional Teeth Cleaning for Dogs at Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists includes:

    1. Exam/Consultation from one of our Board Certified Veterinary Dental Specialists.
    2. Pre-Anesthetic bloodwork – to test organ function.
    3. IV Fluids, General Anesthesia & Electronic Monitoring - We are highly experienced in pet anesthesia. Your dog's anesthesia will be individualized to their specific needs and will be closely monitored throughout the entire process.
    4. Digital Dental Xrays – to evaluate periodontal disease, fractured teeth & oral cancer.
    5. Thorough professional teeth cleaning(prophy) & polishing.
    6. We send home copies of dental Xrays, EKG, dental and anesthetic charts.

    *General anesthesia is required for all pet dental cleaning procedures and cases that involve taking radiographs. If the patient has no active periodontal disease it still requires anesthesia to be completed properly.

  • Cat Dental Cleanings

    Professional veterinary teeth cleaning and oral examination are important parts of maintaining your cat’s health. We know that providing the best care for your pet is important to you and at Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists, we offer the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art veterinary feline dental cleanings and exams available.

    Professional Teeth Cleaning for Cats at Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists includes:

    1. Exam/Consultation from one of our Board Certified Veterinary Dental Specialists.
    2. Pre-Anesthetic bloodwork – to test organ function.
    3. IV Fluids, General Anesthesia & Electronic Monitoring - We are highly experienced in pet anesthesia. Your dog's anesthesia will be individualized to their specific needs and will be closely monitored throughout the entire process.
    4. Digital Dental Xrays – to evaluate periodontal disease, fractured teeth & oral cancer.
    5. Thorough professional teeth cleaning(prophy) & polishing.
    6. We send home copies of dental Xrays, EKG, dental and anesthetic charts.

    *General anesthesia is required for all dental cleaning procedures, and cases that involve taking radiographs. If the patient has no active periodontal disease it still requires anesthesia to be completed properly.

  • Why Not Anesthesia Free?

    We do NOT condone anesthesia free pet dental cleanings.

    Anesthesia-free pet dental cleanings, or as we refer to it Non Anesthesia Dental (NAD), is gaining popularity with an increasing number of dog and cat owners. These are well-meaning pet guardians who may be fearful of anesthesia or may not be able to afford professional veterinary dental care so they opt for anesthesia-free dentistry, but it is really just a cosmetic procedure that addresses only the parts of your pet's teeth you can see.

    Why Anesthesia is needed for Dental Procedures?

    A thorough oral exam and cleaning can't be accomplished on a pet that is awake. Anesthesia immobilizes your dog or cat to insure their safety and cooperation during a procedure. It allows for a thorough exam of all the surfaces inside the mouth and the taking of x-rays. Anesthesia is needed for scaling below the gum line where periodontal disease is most active. Anesthesia also provides pain control.

    Non-professional dental scaling can potentially give pet owners a false sense of security about the state of their dog's or cat’s oral health. Even though your pet's teeth – what you can see of them – may look clean and fresh after an anesthesia-free dental procedure, what you can't see is actually more important. Problems like plaque build-up below the gum line and gingivitis aren't addressed during a procedure that only scrapes and polishes the teeth. Most oral disease happens below the visible surfaces of your dog's or cat's mouth.

    Many older dogs and cats that have undergone anesthesia-free dental procedures for years develop significant dental disease requiring multiple extractions as they age.

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    Photograph from Dr. Tony Woodward, DVM, DAVDC

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