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2006 Artesia Blvd Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Veterinary Dental Care

Every pet should have their teeth cleaned annually---just like humans!  The only medically sound way to thoroughly clean the teeth is under general anesthetic. Cleaning is done by ultrasonic scaling of the crown (exposed tooth) as well as the part of the tooth below the gum line.  Polishing is the next step which removes microscopic scratches on the teeth. If this step is omitted, tartar can actually build up faster. A medicated solution is then flushed below the gum line to remove debris and reduce bacteria. Finally, fluoride is applied to the teeth.

As part of the annual dental cleaning and exam, every pet should have a full-mouth set of dental x-rays---again, just like humans.  Dental disease is an epidemic in our pet population causing systemic health problems which affect organs such as heart, kidneys, liver, etc.  As pets live longer, they develop the same kinds of dental problems that we do.  Animals that show weakness in the wild are preyed upon or rejected by their “pack”.  Our pets retain this behavior, as domesticated animals, and tend not to show pain and discomfort.  What we will see is an animal that acts “older”.  Painful teeth and gums cause a lower quality of life for your pet.  The only way to fully diagnose and treat mouth problems is with dental x-ray.  

Extractions, if scheduled or deemed necessary by a veterinarian, are done while your pet is under sedation during the cleaning/x-ray process.  At this time, additional dental problems may be discovered that require treatment.  It is important for us to have a phone number where you can be reached in order to discuss the recommended course of action. 

A complete dental can take from 35 minutes to over 2 hours, depending on the severity of problems in the mouth.  All pets are closely monitored for several hours following any anesthetic procedure prior to being released home.

Home Dental Care

Routine home care should be started at 3-4 months of age. Depending on the size of your dog, a puppy/kitten, or adult brush with soft bristles can be used. Try to make brushing an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Patience and time are the two mainstays. It takes an average of two months for your pet to get used to having its' teeth brushed, however, the health rewards are well worth it.

There are good toothpastes available for the dog and cat as well as liquid gum conditioners. Consult with our veterinarian for the one best suited for your pet. Human toothpastes, salt, and baking soda should not he used, Toothpastes' foaming action is irritating and all of these substances can cause illness if swallowed.

Some of the products we offer for home dental care include:


C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Chews, features the exclusive Dual Enzyme System, are made from select beefhide to combine a natural antiseptic plus abrasive action for clinically proven plaque control. Basted with a great poultry flavor dogs love! Available in sizes for all dogs from petite to extra large in the following sizes: Petite 30 ct. Bag, Medium 15 & 30 ct. Bag, Large 15 & 30 ct. Bag, X-Large 15 ct. Bag.


C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Rinse combines the renowned antiseptic activity of 0.12% chlorhexidine and zinc gluconate and may be used with or without brushing. It also contains cetylpyridinium chloride for fresh breath fast. A unique bent-stem applicator is also included for easy administration. Available in the following size: 8 oz. bottle with applicator.



C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpastes for dogs and cats contain the C.E.T. Dual Enzyme system. Formulated specially for dogs and cats to inhibit the formation of plaque, they contain no foaming agents and are meant to be swallowed. Poultry, malt, and vanilla-mint flavors are well accepted by pets and make brushing easy. Available in 2.5 oz. (70 g) tubes.



CET AquaDent Dental additive. Formulated by veterinary dental specialists to help freshen your pet's breath and prevent plaque accumulation when used in conjunction with a regular home dental care program. simply add C.E.T. When added to pets drinking water daily, Virbac's new CET AquaDent freshens dogs and cats breath and helps prevent plaque accumulation. The easy-to-use, convenient additive comes in 750-mL bottles and is intended for dogs and cats 6 months of age and older.


For more information on pet dentistry, please call us at 310.376.0072.


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