Wellness Exams

Your pet can benefit greatly from regular wellness examinations or checkups.

About Dental Care

Over time, bacteria lead to plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. The result is bad breath, reddened gums, and other common signs of dental disease. As dental disease progresses, other signs can include drooling, discomfort while chewing, and loose or missing teeth. Even if you’re using treats and chews to help control tartar, these are frequently not enough to keep dental disease in check. Ask us about the best ways to control plaque and help protect your pet from dental disease.

Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s health, because dental disease can be associated with other serious health problems such as heart disease and kidney disease. But how do you know if your pet has a healthy mouth? Let us examine your pet’s teeth and gums to help determine if there are any dental issues you should know about. After a brief visual examination, we may recommend a more detailed examination (which requires sedation), a dental cleaning, or options for at-home dental care.

Even if you think your pet’s teeth and gums are fine, we can offer expert advice to help you keep them that way! Dental health shouldn’t be taken for granted. Fortunately, many dental problems can be managed through at-home care and by bringing your pet to us for regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings.

We want your pet to live a long, healthy life, and we understand that maintaining a healthy mouth is part of that. Your pet’s health is important to us, so let us help you with this commitment. Call today to discuss your pet’s dental care needs and how we can help!

How to Tell if Your Dog Has Dental Disease?

Halitosis, or bad breath, is the most common sign of oral disease. Classic “doggy breath” is not necessarily normal. The major cause of halitosis is periodontal disease. This is an infection of the gums and potentially the other supporting structures of the teeth. Plaque builds up every day on the tooth surface including at the gum line. Left in place, the plaque can mineralize, or harden, in less than 2 days, forming calculus or tartar. The tartar will stick to the tooth surface forming a scaffold for more plaque accumulation. The continued build-up of tartar both above and below the gum line can eventually produce an environment that is a haven for certain types of bacteria that may be more destructive to the periodontal tissues and also produce a more noticeable odor.

How Much Does Dental Care Cost?

Much like a human, your pet’s dental health is an extremely important part of their overall wellbeing. At Pico Veterinary Clinic we place a high priority on maintaining a healthy mouth, teeth and gums for your companion. In your pet’s initial or annual exam the veterinarian will examine their dental health and discuss any at home dental care options that can improve dental health. Professional dental cleaning, polishing, extractions and all other dental services are administered onsite at our San Clemente offices by our expertly trained and professional staff.

Ask about our current special for dental month – Dog or Cat Dental Cleaning only $289 includes exam, IV catheter, scaling and dental kit!