Protect your pets’ health with routine dental cleanings
Dental disease can hide in your pets’ mouth for years, posing an unseen risk to comfort and health. Because there are few signs that your pet has developed dental disease, the best way to detect problems is to schedule routine exams with your trusted veterinary team at All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital in Costa Mesa. We have been serving families in our area for over thirty years, and continue to do so with the utmost compassion and expertise.
It is estimated that as much as 85 percent of pets have dental disease by the time they are three years old. This is an alarming statistic, considering the extent that problems such as gum disease can affect your pet’s comfort and overall health.
A pet with dental disease may experience:
- Difficulty eating or chewing due to pain
- Persistent bad breath
- Tooth discoloration, or brown stains near the gum line
- Inflammation and soreness in the gums
- Swelling in the gums and jaw
- Tooth loss
- Diminished quality of life
Health and longevity are affected by untreated dental disease. The condition originates with bacteria. The living organisms natural to the oral environment stick to the plaque that forms on teeth and gums. Plaque is an invisible film formed by saliva and food particles. Just as the bacteria hidden in plaque can cause infection in your gums, it can also cause gum disease in your pets. Although pain and tooth loss are unsettling effects of the disease, there is the potential for damage to the kidneys, liver, and heart when bacteria travel to these organs through the blood.
Prevent pain and health problems with routine care
We provide both Anesthetic and Non-anesthetic teeth cleanings at our hospital which is the only way to remove built-up plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from your pet’s teeth. Our veterinarians can determine which is the best procedure for your pet. Routine dental exams in our Costa Mesa veterinary clinic may involve special digital x-rays of the mouth. The data that we gather during the dental examination will enable us to tailor a cleaning schedule to your pet’s needs. Some pets require cleanings two times a year, while others may be scheduled only every few years.
We are happy to schedule your pet’s dental exam today! Call (949) 642-7151.
Did you know that the Dental Health of your Pets plays a huge role in their overall health - Dr. Rand Spongberg
Dental health is probably one of the most important things for pets’ health and one of the most common things that we don’t look for.
Are Dental visits important for pets?
Dog and cat teeth are very much like people’s teeth. We brush our teeth twice a day and we go to the dentist twice a year, but pets don’t do that.
Pets don’t get their teeth brushed twice a day and they can get a lot of tartar, bacteria, a lot of plaque builds up. Those are major health concerns that need to be addressed frequently.
How do you treat pets with dental disease?
The first step is to get them in for a checkup so that we can give them a full oral examination and then based on what we find there are two types of teeth cleaning.
There is the anesthetic dental which we put under anesthesia give them an ultrasonic gum polish and typically if it is moderate or advance dental disease we will need to do this to get them the proper care.
The second type of teeth cleaning is a non-anesthetic dental. Where we do scale and polish while they are awake, no anesthesia no drugs, no sedation and typically they have to have mild tartar and also have a temperament that also will allow us to get in there and do the proper cleaning.
Dr. Rand Spongberg, BSc, BVMS
Dr. Spongberg prioritizes his relationships with the owners of the pets that are brought to him for help as maintaining a bond of trust and respect allows for him to better diagnose, treat and help the animals that come to him. Quality of work has always been a part of his repertoire and giving animals the best possible care whilst under his control is something Dr. Spongberg is happy to be responsible for.
In addition to being a service oriented person with a genuine compassion for animals, Dr. Spongberg maintains active memberships at the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and is the proud new owner of All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital.