Dental Care:
Periodontal Disease:

Dental Care is very important to your pet's health. 
Dental disease not only affects the mouth, but it can lead to more serious health problems.  The bacteria in the mouth can cause heart, lung, and kidney disease. 

Periodontal Disease is the infecting of the gun tissue surrounding the teeth.  There are several stages of Periodontal Disease.

How it starts:
Periodontal Disease starts out as a bacterial film over the teeth called plaque.  The bacteria attached to the teeth.  Initially, the plaque is soft and simply brushing the teeth will or chewing toys can dislodge it.  But if left alone, the bacteria die and are calcified by calcium in the saliva.  This forms a hard and rough surface called tartar, or calculus.  Having tartar allows more plaque to accumulate.  If left untreated, this can cause gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums, which causes them to become red and swollen, and easily bleed.  At plaque and tartar build-up below the gum line, a professional cleaning is needed or infection can form around the root of the tooth, jeopardizing that tooth. 

In the final stages of periodontal disease, the tissues surrounding the tooth are destroyed, the bony socket holding the tooth erodes, and tooth becomes loose.  This is a very painful process for your pet, but these problems can be averted before they start with proper dental care. 

Dental Cleaning:

What to Expect:
Blood work will be done on your pet either a few days before the procedure, or the day of.  Depending on age and dental condition, blood work can vary.  All pets will be receiving an intravenous catheter in place before the surgery so that certain drugs can be administered for the procedure.  Older pet will get IV fluids during and after the procedure.  For the dental procedure, the pet be placed under anesthesia, and high tech monitoring devices will be used to monitor your pets heart rate, breathing rate, EKG, temperature, carbon dioxide levels, blood oxygenation levels, and blood pressure.

Oral Examination:

The doctor will do a thorough oral examination to look at gum health and check for any ulcers or tumors, amd determine if any teeth need to be x-rayed or extracted.  If any teeth are in question on extracting, a dental radiograph will be taken by a technician (Click here see our dental x-ray machine).  Once the doctor has done her examination of the teeth, and all unhealthy teeth are extracted, a technician will proceed with the dental cleaning. 

We have a Dental Unit that uses ultrasonic technology to scale the teeth of all tarter build-up and plaque, on every side of the tooth and under the gum like.  This process, along with extracting any rotten teeth, is what can make your petís breath smell better than it did before the procedure. 

After a scaling is done, a paste is applied to all surfaces of all the teeth and the dental polisher is used to smooth out any scratches or crevices.  This process is very important because if you pets teeth are not polished after they are scaled, plaque can build-up much faster due to the microscopic scratches the scaler leaves behind on the tooth.  Some clinics do not have a dental polisher, so it is very important to ask them if they have one when making an appointment for a dental cleaning on your pet. 

If teeth are to be extracted, we have a high speed drill that the Doctor will use to break the tooth apart into segments for easier extraction.  The drill is also used to smooth down the bone where the tooth was.

Fluoride Treatment:
In order to harden dentin, decrease tooth sensitivity, and slow the formation of plaque, we use fluoride foam on the teeth as the last step.

Anesthesia Free Dentals:
We do not offer nor do we recommend having your pets teeth cleaned without anesthesia.  Please visit the Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists website and read about their stance on anesthesia free dentals. 
Before Dental Cleaning: Tarter build-up, and staining
After Dental Cleaning: Teeth are clean, only staining remains
Before Dental: Tarter build-up, Staining, and Gum Recession
After Dental Cleaning: Teeth are clean, and teeth were extracted due to bone loss, and to keep surrounding teeth healthy
Before Dental: Tarter build-up, Staining, and Gum Recession
After Dental Cleaning: Teeth are clean, a teeth were extracted due to bone loss, and to keep surrounding teeth healthy
How to Help Prevent it:
Our clinic recommends certain home dental care products:
Water additives to help maintain oral hygiene, prevent plaque accumulation, and freshen breath when used along with a regular home dental care program for cats and dogs.
Toothbrush with poultry flavored toothpaste.
Oral rinse with antibacterial action and superior plaque prevention, which freshens breath.
Feline and Canien enzymatic chews that work to break down bacteria in the mouth
The Complete Pet Animal Hospital
5135 N Dysart Road Suite 4
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
Phone: (623) 935-9632
Fax: (623) 9359764

5135 N. Dysart Rd., Suite 4 Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
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Clinic Hours
Moday: 8 am- 5:30 pm
Tuesday: 8 am- 5:30 pm
Wednesday: 8 am- 2 pm
Thursday: 8 am- 5:50 pm
Friday: 8 am- 5:30 pm
Saturday: 8 am- Noon