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Dog or Cat Teeth Cleanings in Palmetto, GA

Also serving Newnan, Peachtree City, Fairburn, Tyrone, Chattahochee Hills, & South Fulton

Pet teeth cleanings are important procedures for preventative dental care. Have someone who has trained and practiced this procedure care for your pet’s dental needs. To learn more, call us at (770) 400-0146 to schedule an appointment for your pet’s teeth cleaning today!

What Is a Pet Dental Cleaning?

During your dog or cat's dental cleaning, plaque and tartar are removed from a pet’s teeth, and the health of the entire mouth is assessed. From the tongue, gums, lips, and teeth nothing is overlooked. A thorough veterinary dental cleaning can be conducted on your pet only while they are under general anesthesia.

Anesthesia keeps your pet free of pain during the procedure while allowing us to fully inspect the teeth & remove tartar from under the gums. During anesthesia, a soft plastic tube is inserted into the main airway in the throat to support the patient’s breathing. This is a common occurrence when placing an animal under anesthesia. The placement of the tracheal tube also prevents inhalation of bacteria that are aerosolized during the dental cleaning.

How Do I Know If My Pet Needs a Dental Cleaning?

Regularly checking your pet’s mouth is a start. Tartar may appear as a brownish-gold buildup on the teeth, close to the gum-line. Like humans, redness or bleeding along the gumline may indicate gingivitis. Either of these signs would be indicative that your pet may need a dental cleaning.

A professional dog or cat dental cleaning has numerous benefits. It will remove the visible plaque and tartar on the teeth surfaces. Additionally, it will also remove bacteria that can be found under the gums. This results in eliminating potential sources of infection to the mouth as well as other organs. Dental cleanings also reduce the likelihood of pain and tooth loss for your pet.

How We Support Your Pet:

  • Pre-Procedure Diagnostics (Bloodwork, Ecg)
  • Digital Dental X-Ray
  • Scaling / Polishing
  • Monitored After Care -TLC
  • Pre-Post Procedure Education

What Should I Expect During My Pets Dental Procedure?

Keeping your pet’s teeth and gums clean and healthy can help to prevent periodontal disease and other serious health problems down the road. Here’s what you can expect when your pet gets a dental cleaning at SweetWater.

Before the procedure:

We will discuss your pet’s medical history and we will perform a complete physical/oral exam. We may also take a sample of blood (and possibly urine, too) for a laboratory work-up depending on the age of your pet. We will discuss possible procedures to identify and treat the underlying dental problems including a dental cleaning or scaling, periodontal probing, dental x-rays, sealants and others.

We will give you exact instructions, but you may be asked to withhold food from your pet the evening prior to the procedure to reduce the chance that your pet may vomit during the procedure. The duration of time recommended will vary depending on your pet’s age, species, pre-existing medical conditions, or any medications they are on.

During the procedure

Unlike when you go to the dentist, to get the best evaluation and dental care, our pets need to be anesthetized during their dental procedure. Anesthesia is necessary because it allows your pet to be still so we can conduct a thorough examination of the whole oral cavity (including below the gumline), take x-rays (to look for “hidden diseases”), and fully and safely clean your pet’s teeth. This also ensures a safe and comfortable experience for your pet by reducing their level of anxiety, stress, and pain. In addition, it protects their airway from any water or debris caused by scaling away the dental plaque that might otherwise find its way down into your pet’s lungs during the procedure.


Expect to drop your pet off at SweetWater early to get them settled in and have their pre-anesthesia exam. We will administer “pre-meds” (medications that can help to decrease anxiety, pain, vomiting, and other drugs needed to provide general anesthesia). We will also give your pet a medication to prevent vomiting and help them return to eating sooner after the dental procedure is completed.

During the dental procedure, we will remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and polish them. We will also use a dental probe (like the one your dentist uses on you) to look for pockets of infection around the tooth roots and in the gum. This lets us check the health and stability of the dental ligaments and bony structures beneath the gumline. Dental x-rays will be taken to fully evaluate the periodontal health of your pet’s mouth and to make sure that no “hidden” disease is present and waiting to flare up (like brewing tooth root infections or resorbed tooth roots). If we find damaged teeth, we will contact you and recommend extractions (removing the teeth) or other procedures to remove the teeth as necessary.

After the procedure

After your pet’s dental procedure, our veterinary technician will review everything that was performed during the dental procedure with you. If there is an infection or if your pet has an underlying condition that makes them more susceptible to infection, we will give or prescribe an antibiotic. Pain medication may also be provided as there can be some level of inflammation and discomfort following a dental procedure.

We may prescribe or send you home with:

  • Pain medication
  • Antibiotics
  • Recommended dental diet
  • Recommended dental chews
  • Recommended toothbrush/toothpaste

We will recommend feeding just soft food for several days after the procedure if there were any extractions, to allow the extraction sites to heal as best as possible. If extractions happen —or even if not—there may be a recheck appointment needed a week or so later to ensure that all is healing and progressing as best as possible.

Once your pet is discharged (usually that afternoon) and you take them home, you may notice some grogginess, drooling, or drowsiness for several hours. They’re typically almost back to normal that evening and should definitely be back to their normal self (often even better, as the discomfort their dental and periodontal disease had been causing them is now gone!) by the next day. If at any point you’re concerned, don’t hesitate to call our office for advice.

An anesthetized dental procedure with SweetWater is just one step to ensuring a healthy mouth for your pet. We will go over best methods of at- home dental care going forward after the procedure. Dental cleanings are recommended yearly especially in small dogs/cats!

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