May is Pet Dental Month at AVVH!

May is Pet Dental Month at AVVH!

Celebrate with 25% OFF & get a FREE Gift!


Poor dental care can lead to serious health problems, including kidney and heart disease. Keeping your pets teeth and mouth health can add years to their life! These are just a few reasons why dental cleanings for our pets are so important! Schedule their dental during the month of May, and save 25% and get a FREE box of Oravet Dental Chews and a Virbac Oral Hygiene Kit!*

At Arroyo Vista Veterinary Hospital, our doctors and staff are often asked about “anesthetic free dental cleaning”. Sounds great, right? Well, there are important reasons why we just can’t recommend this short cut.
If a dental cleaning has been recommended for your pet, it’s because we want to address current problems in his or her mouth, and just as importantly, to prevent problems from occurring in the future. There are many reasons why anesthesia is an essential tool in this process. As pet owners ourselves, we understand your concern about anesthesia, and we know you may have lots of questions.

dog.dental1. Let’s start with the oral exam. A complete oral examination, a critical part of the dental procedure, is simply not possible in an awake patient. The surfaces of the teeth facing the tongue can’t be easily seen, as well as under the tongue and in the throat. We can’t safely probe below the gum line in an awake patient either, as this can be uncomfortable. Anesthesia allows us to be thorough, and avoid missing areas of disease and discomfort.

2. When the teeth are cleaned (in pets and in humans), it’s the parts of the tooth below the gum line that need the most attention. This is where bacteria live and breed, and cause periodontal disease. The ultrasonic scaler and sharp hand scalers must be carefully inserted below the gum line to get to this critical area. Without anesthesia, only the crown (the visible portion) of the tooth is cleaned, resulting in a nice appearance, but no improvement in the dental health of the pet. That’s right- “anesthesia free” means the cleaning is essentially cosmetic only.

3. Removing tartar is a lot like chipping and scraping away at cement- it’s tough stuff, and requires a careful hand to avoid damaging the tooth enamel underneath it. Without a completely still, anesthetized pet, it is very difficult (or impossible) to remove all the tartar without scratching or otherwise damaging the enamel of the teeth.

4. Without anesthesia, we can’t take dental x-rays. Just like with our own teeth, pets often have problems visible only with x-rays, making this a valuable part of disease prevention for many patients.We want you to know that the risks associated with anesthesia, although real, are extremely small. We reduce the risks to your pet by providing highly skilled monitoring before, during, and after the procedure, and by ensuring that your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia before the procedure. That’s why millions of pets have their teeth safely cleaned every year.The risks associated with untreated dental disease (or improper, cosmetic cleanings) include pain, infection, and damage to other organs in the body from chronic oral infection. This is why we urge pet owners to avoid “anesthetic free dental cleaning”. But don’t just take our word for it- the board-certified specialists at the American Veterinary Dental College have even more information at We encourage you to see what they have to say, and let us know about any questions you may have.

Call us at 805-529-6833 or click here to schedule your pets Dental cleaning and receive 25% off & FREE Gifts!*

*Discount taken from dental cleaning charge only. All pets must have a current health exam and vaccinations for dental cleanings. All pets over 6 years old mist have blood work done within the past 6 months. Discount applies to dental scale and polish only. Dentals are performed Monday thru Friday, by appointment only. Free gift while supplies last. Oravet chews for dogs only.

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