Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY PET NEEDS A DENTAL?
- Bad breath, one of the first signs of dental disease.
- Decreased interest in food
- Red, swollen or recessed gums
- Difficulty eating (especially hard kibble)
- Any pain associated with the mouth
- Drooling (sometimes with blood)
- Loose or missing teeth
- Excessive plaque and tartar buildup
- Pawing at the mouth
- White discharge (pus)
WHAT IS A GREEN DOG DENTAL?
Teeth cleaning under anesthesia is the gold standard of veterinary dentistry. However, there are instances in which anesthesia can be avoided.
Green Dog Dentals are performed when your pet is awake. Pets are gently placed on their side, while the dental technician performs a complete oral exam with full dental charting. Under veterinary supervision, your pet will receive a thorough dental scaling of the buccal and lingual surfaces, going beneath the gum lines, using a combination of ultrasonic (water tipped) and hand scaling techniques. Lastly, each procedure finishes with a dental polish, which helps slow plaque accumulation and tartar buildup.
If it is determined that your pet is not a candidate for a Green Dog Dental, our on-site veterinarian will discuss those findings and options with you.
WHY SHOULD MY PET GET A GREEN DOG DENTAL?
Removing plaque and tartar (calculus) is essential in maintaining oral health by preventing the development of deeper rooted problems. We believe that with biannual dental cleanings, and a few tips on how to better maintain your pets oral health, we can collectively lower the number of anesthetic procedures your pet will endure over their lifetime. There is low risk in trying us!
Click here to read a study on this procedure done in the journal of Integrative Veterinary Care.
WHY IS PET DENTAL HEALTH IMPORTANT?
Not only is bad breath and tartar buildup unappealing, but its effects contribute to serious health complications in our pets. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), 70-80% of dogs and cats show periodontal disease by the age of 3.
Dental disease is a reservoir for bacteria that can enter the bloodstream and cause secondary complications and disease to vital organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys and lungs. Damage to these organs has been proven to decrease the lifespan of our pets.
With a good oral health program and biannual dental cleanings, we can better control bacteria from spreading beneath the gum line. This helps prevent the development of gingivitis, periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and other serious life-threatening illnesses.
WHAT IF MY PET IS TOO STRESSED, OR WHAT IF I PREFER FOR MY PET TO BE SEDATED?
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
On average, dental appointments take an hour and fifteen minutes from start to finish.
- We begin with the check in process, greeting your fur baby and going over concerns and medical history.
- Next is our comprehensive veterinary dental exam, to determine whether or not your fur baby is a good candidate for the non-anesthetic dental cleaning.
- Followed by dental charting, subginigval dental scaling and polishing. Time can increase depending on the stage of dental disease, as well as pet cooperation.
- Last is your private consultation with our veterinarian.
At our Sherman Oaks location, enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the views from our cozy indoor/ outdoor waiting areas. Take advantage of our convenient Ventura Boulevard location!
At our Beverly Hills location, enjoy some shopping inside the Pussy & Pooch Pet Lifestyle Center, which boasts an endless list of services, including but not limited to: pet grooming, social club, overnight cage-free boarding, a wide variety of organic foods and a lavish pet retail area.
DO YOU ALSO SEE CATS?
WHAT OTHER SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?
We are a full service veterinary clinic. Services available, including, but not limited to:
- Wellness Exams
- NEAT Special (Nails. Ears. Anal glands. Teeth)
- Vaccine blood titers (owners who hope to avoid vaccinations)
- Nail Trims
- Anal Gland Expressions
- Eye Infections/ Flush & Medicate
- Skin Treatments/ Allergies
- Flea Medications
- Ear Infections/ Clean, Flush & Medicate
- Full Blood Work / Laboratory Services
- Heartworm Testing
- Hydration & Vitamin Drips
- Domestic Travel Certificates
- Non-Anesthetic Dental Cleaning
- Dental X-Ray
- Advanced Dental Procedures
- Digital X-Ray & Ultrasound
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE GREEN DOG DENTAL PROCESS?
A smooth and positive experience. :)
We begin by greeting you and your fur baby, making sure our patient feels safe and comfortable. We then gather all your pet's medical history as well as any additional concerns or questions you may have.
After some socializing with our nursing staff, your pet will be taken to the pet dental (treatment) area. After receiving a thorough veterinary dental exam and dental charting, our veterinarian will determine whether your pet is a good candidate for the procedure.
The dental scale and polish procedure is performed by placing your pet gently on their side. Depending on the degree of dental disease, age, and total health, a course of antibiotics may be recommended.
Following the dental, your pet’s dental findings and recommendations will be discussed with you by our on-site veterinarian.
We take pride in our knowledge, experience, professionalism and especially our gentle, compassionate way with pets in our care.
IS MY DOG A CANDIDATE FOR A GREEN DOG DENTAL?
Advanced dental disease, dental/tooth fractures, tooth root abscesses, oral masses, and other severe findings are commonly found during the veterinary dental exam. These cases are not good candidates for our procedure, but our veterinarians have extensive experience in helping you develop an oral health plan to get your pet on the right track!
Schedule a veterinary dental exam and consultation with one of our veterinarians to find out how.
DO YOU HAVE DENTAL X-RAY?
Yes! We use Scan X Duo, a full digital x-ray system originating from human dentistry.
The American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) recommends that your pet receive regular dental radiographs every 12 months.
All pets receive dental radiographs (x-rays) prior to undergoing any type of advanced dental procedure/ surgery.
CAN YOU PERFORM DENTAL EXTRACTIONS?
Dental extractions are assessed on a case by case basis. Options for your pet are based on various factors: grade of tooth mobility, tooth location, number of roots involved, age, breed, current oral health status, etc. Therefore, clients interested in learning about dental extractions/ surgery must first schedule a veterinary dental exam.
Our veterinarians are passionate about dentistry, and are happy to help you develop a thorough and affordable oral health plan that best suits you and your pet!