Banish doggie breath, keep your pets their healthy best with professional dental cleanings

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Professional Dog Teeth Cleaning in Lakewood CA Area
You know that good home care with consistent brushing and flossing is not a substitute for visiting the dentist. You must also maintain regular dental check-ups to prevent disease and support a truly healthy mouth. The same principle applies to your pet! It is a great habit to get into routinely brushing your dog’s teeth. We can advise on dog-friendly techniques and products to make the process as effective and easy as possible. However, this good practice must be combined with regular professional cleanings at Bloomfield Animal Hospital in Lakewood, California. The cleaning is generally integrated into the routine wellness visit.

Our veterinarian, Dr. Jose Arambulo, takes a keen and special interest in dentistry. He has both the special tools and the expertise to thoroughly and safely remove all of the “bad stuff” from your dog’s teeth and underneath the gum line. Substances such as bacterial plaque and destructive, stubborn plaque build-up (tartar) erode the teeth and break down the attachments between the teeth and the supportive bone in the jaw. In doing so, we minimize the risks of your pet developing dental decay and periodontal disease. These conditions present significant threats to the health and well-being of our precious canine companions. Furthermore, regular professional dental cleanings help control that pesky “doggie breath,” which may also indicate a potential problem brewing in your dog’s mouth!

Keeping your canine happy and healthy

In addition to chronic and severe foul breath, other signs of oral disease include excessive drooling and noticing blood in your pet’s water bowl or on their toys. They may have difficulty picking up food or chewing on one side of the mouth. If the pain is severe enough, they may refrain from eating altogether. These are direct effects of pain associated with conditions like periodontal disease.

Additionally, researchers have found microscopic changes to the heart, kidneys, and other vital organs among those dogs with untreated gum disease. These changes have been implicated in a range of potentially serious systemic disorders. Periodontal disease can also make it harder for us as veterinarians to effectively control or manage existing conditions like diabetes. In people and pets alike, the bacteria and inflammation associated with oral disease can travel through the bloodstream to other, near, and distant tissues and bodily systems. For utmost oral and overall health and well-being, we encourage you to visit Bloomfield Animal Hospital regularly for well checks, as advised by Dr. Arambulo. Some pets, like older dogs or cats, should visit us more frequently.

During these visits, we perform a nose-to-tail check, including an assessment of the mouth. To prevent pets from becoming scared and potentially harming themselves or others, we administer a anesthesia for utmost comfort and safety before any cleaning. Then, we can efficiently and predictably carry out the exam and cleaning. We can take full dental x-rays and use special instruments to assess the health of the gums.

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During this exam, we also check for problems like bone loss, infections, suspicious sores, and cavities. During the actual cleaning, our professionals use ultrasonic scaler technology to remove stains and plaque build-up gently. This process aids in sustaining or restoring the healthy attachments between the gums and teeth. Depending on what we find as the result of our comprehensive evaluation, antibiotics may be applied in topical form, and other recommendations may be made for treatment. These recommendations could include removing a compromised tooth with advanced techniques; for instance, our high-speed drilling process sections the tooth for easier extraction and to support optimal and fast healing afterward.

Prevention before treatment

Of course, these oral conditions are highly preventable. We prefer to protect and maintain rather than to play “catch up” with treatments designed to resolve existing damage and restore health and function. Dr. Arambulo is happy to answer any questions and to advise on everything from tooth-friendly diets and treats to good brushing practices. Call our hospital in Lakewood, CA, today at 562 383-7788.
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Bloomfield Animal Hospital is a trusted name in pets’ preventive, medical, surgical, and emergency care in Lakewood, CA. With a 30-year history as a family-owned pet clinic, it’s reputed for providing modern services in a warm, friendly environment. It’s one of the few veterinary hospitals to be AAHA-accredited.

Dr. Jose Arambulo, owner and chief veterinarian is experienced in treating eye, ear, and skin disorders and is especially interested in internal medicine, dentistry and soft tissue surgery. The hospital also utilizes the services of board-certified veterinarians, Dr. Ann Reed – Radiologist, and Dr. Fred Brewer – Cardiologist.