According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have periodontal disease by the age of 3. The problem with this statistic is that gum disease can lead to many other medical issues, which can potentially shorten the life of a pet. Regular cleaning of teeth will prevent gum disease, halitosis, tooth loss and serious infection in the liver, heart and kidneys. Dental services include the use of safe, effective anesthesia and constant monitoring to ensure patient safety. Your pet’s teeth will be cleaned above and below the gum line, and dental X-rays will be taken to evaluate for disease that cannot be detected by visual inspection. The teeth are carefully polished and a specially formulated rinse is used to wash bacteria from the mouth. Your pet will be given antibiotics to prevent infection and pain medication if necessary to avoid any discomfort from the cleaning or any extractions that had to be done.