Dog Dental Cleanings in LA JOLLA, CA

A pet's oral health, which includes their teeth, gums, and other mouth parts, is important to their general health and quality of life. Pets can develop tooth problems that cause inflammation and damage over time, leading to pain and loss of appetite. Dental and periodontal issues can lead to major complications such as infection, abscess, tooth loss, bone decay surrounding the teeth, and even jaw fractures. Periodontal disease is extremely common in animals. We help your dog avoid severe periodontal disease, tooth loss, and stinking doggo breath. La Jolla Grooming offers professional dog teeth cleaning, as well as teeth exams to assess their oral health and remove tartar, which can cause painful gum inflammation and tooth loss.


In the first session, the veterinary experts will inform you if a professional teeth cleaning is recommended for your pet. The first stage is a dental checkup to confirm that a teeth cleaning is needed, followed by dog teeth cleaning, and polishing to remove tartar and periodontal disease-causing plaque. Professional dog teeth cleanings are always performed under anesthesia. After being sedated, the veterinarian will thoroughly check the mouth before proceeding with ultrasonic teeth cleaning, teeth polishing, and hand scaling above and below the gum line. If something needs more than a cleaning, we may need to schedule another appointment to get it done.

Periodontal disease is an infection of the supporting tissues around the teeth that leads to tooth loss. Plaque on the teeth is formed when bacteria mix with food particles. Minerals in the saliva bind with plaque within days to form tartar, a hard substance that sticks to the teeth. The germs enter the gums and cause gingivitis, or gum inflammation. To maintain your pet's health, only a professional veterinary dental cleaning will remove tartar from the teeth and under the gum tissue. It is important to inspect your pet's mouth on a regular basis in order to detect dental disease in its early stages. For this reason, we advise pet owners to have their dog’s teeth cleaned more frequently.

FAQs About Dog Teeth Cleaning

The frequency of dog teeth cleaning is determined by various factors, including your dog's age, breed, and lifestyle. For a variety of reasons, including time, food, and feeding habits, older dogs require more dental care than younger dogs. Most dogs do not require teeth cleanings until they are six or seven years old, although smaller dogs may require teeth cleanings as young as two years old. Older dogs do not have the same dental concerns as small dogs, but they are more prone to damaged or cracked teeth as a result of strong chewing habits, which can cause oral pain, loss of appetite, and irritable behavior.

The majority of dogs will be able to return home on the same day as their operation. They will, however, feel tired for the rest of the day. The symptoms should only last two days. If your dog is still sleepy and lazy 24 hours after the teeth cleaning, contact your veterinarian to see if he needs a checkup. In some circumstances, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics or pain relievers for your dog because they may be in more discomfort based on their dental health and diseases, and the treatments they have had. Your dog's mouth will be sensitive following the teeth cleaning. Give them soft canned food or water to soften the kibble. You should plan on doing this for up to a week.

Before your dog's teeth are cleaned, scaled and polished, recent lab tests will be required. The labs will look for conditions that could lead to difficulties during the teeth cleaning process.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Dental Cleanings

Periodontal disease can create major health problems in our canine pets, so proper oral hygiene is crucial. Brushing your dog's teeth is a great technique to keep plaque at a distance. Dog teeth cleaning wipes are a great choice for people who are unable to wash their teeth or simply wish to change up their cleaning methods. Chewing, regardless of what is being chewed on, enhances your dog's oral health in and of itself. Gnawing scrapes plaque from your dog's teeth, and many all-natural meat chews contain enzymes that support dental health. A professional cleaning by a veterinarian is the best approach to ensure your dog's oral health.

Most dogs and cats should receive their first dog teeth cleaning and cat teeth cleaning at the age of 2-3 years. If your dog or cat is over the age of seven, it's a good idea to get annual checkups with your veterinarian to ensure their teeth and gums are healthy. Depending on lifestyle choices and dental hygiene at home, you should brush your dog's teeth or cat’s teeth on a regular schedule. Furthermore, if your dog or cat is not a chewer and consumes largely soft food, they may require more frequent cleanings.

Human toothpaste is meant to be washed out of the mouth rather than consumed. It contains fluoride in high concentrations, which can be hazardous to dogs and cats. Pet toothpastes are non-foaming and non-toxic. Pet toothpaste is available in rich flavors such as poultry, barley, beef, and seafood. Flavored dog and cat toothpaste makes brushing more enjoyable for your pet.

We also offer

  • Pet grooming
  • Pet self-wash
  • Pet spa