Gingivitis and periodontal disease are preventable in most pets who routinely receive professional dental prophylaxis and home care. Every wellness exam in our hospital includes a thorough dental exam. If one of our veterinarians finds signs of disease, a treatment plan will be recommended. Dental cleanings are performed under general anesthesia. This allows us to quickly and efficiently clean an animal's teeth. Once a pet is safely anesthetized, we use an ultrasonic scaling unit to remove tarter and calculus from the teeth and under the gums. We also use hand scalers and other dental instruments to completely clean the pet's mouth. We then polish the teeth and administer a fluoride treatment.