Teeth cleaning?

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Postby pblove » Wed May 28, 2008 5:34 pm

forgot to add it was also incl the blood work too

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Postby ZiggysMom » Thu May 29, 2008 12:45 am

Yeah, you really need to do the full teeth cleaning at least occasionally, because it lets the vet to a full dental exam and look for abscessed, broken, or loose teeth. You'd be amazed how much mouth pain a dog can have from dental disease without you ever knowing about it.

The anesthesia-free cleanings can help keep things nice in between full cleanings with anesthesia, but they're no substitute.

Some vets will estimate with extractions and others will give just the basic and X-rays and extractions are extra. Some vets do X-rays on every dog to find hidden problems, while others only take X-rays of teeth that look bad from the outside, which can miss some nasty problems. Also, different vets have different standards for anesthesia monitoring so there's different levels of safety. Be sure to ask what they do at each place when you get a quote so you know if you're getting what you pay for!

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Postby Odnarb » Thu May 29, 2008 1:00 pm

ZiggysMom wrote:The anesthesia-free cleanings can help keep things nice in between full cleanings with anesthesia, but they're no substitute.



Totally. Also, a hand scaling without polishing leaves grooves in the teeth which makes them more susceptible to harboring dangerous bacteria. Honestly, I think it does more harm than good.


Some vets will estimate with extractions and others will give just the basic and X-rays and extractions are extra. Some vets do X-rays on every dog to find hidden problems, while others only take X-rays of teeth that look bad from the outside, which can miss some nasty problems. Also, different vets have different standards for anesthesia monitoring so there's different levels of safety. Be sure to ask what they do at each place when you get a quote so you know if you're getting what you pay for!



Yup! And honestly, $500 in the Bay area is not a quote that I would think is out of line. The nicer clinics in Portland often charged that much.

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Postby Misskiwi67 » Thu May 29, 2008 1:14 pm

Find out what exactly you are paying for. For a quality cleaning, 500 is pretty good.

Procedures included in a quality cleaning:

1. MONITORING: Is there a technician cleaning and nobody paying attention to anesthetic depth, or is your pup hooked up to an ECG with fluids and additional personnel monitoring anesthesia?

2. RADIOGRAPHS: Are dental radiographs included, or does the vet just pull anything that looks questionable?

3. SCALING/POLISHING: Is an ultrasonic scaler used, and is the vet/technician trained in its use?

4. RECORDS: Are detailed medical records kept to record not just the overall impression of dental health, but the periodontal health and depth of pockets around each individual tooth to monitor progress over time?

5. POST-CLEANING: Is there any sort of fluoride treatment provided to help prevent further buildup of tartar and plaque in the near future?


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