The veterinarians at Balboa Pet Hospital in San Francisco will tell you, dental problems can often lead to larger systemic problems due to oral bacteria entering the bloodstream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver. For this reason, we recommend regular dental cleanings with polishing. Our strict safety protocols mandate that we use anesthesia on every dental procedure. To better understand Veterinary Anesthesia, please watch the video on our Surgery & Anesthesia Page.
We provide a range of dental services including extractions and other forms of dental care. We are able to take digital X-rays of your pet’s teeth, gum line and jaw in order to look for evidence of dental disease that cannot be seen by visual examination alone. This is a very important tool for catching a range of dental and oral health issues before they become serious health concerns.
Home dental care is important and can greatly influence the amount of tartar buildup. Here's a tutorial on how to begin a tooth brushing routine at home in an older pet.
It is important for you to provide home dental care and recognize the warning signs of dental disease, which include:
- Bad breath—one of the first signs of dental disease
- A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
- Red and swollen gums
- Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
- Loose or missing teeth
Please feel free to talk to any of our doctors or staff for personal instruction on how to properly care for your pet's teeth.