Meet Kendra: Our Teeth Cleaning Expert

Brogli, Lane, Weaver & Alexander Animal Hospital, Murfreesboro TN
January 27, 2016

If you ask Kendra what one of her favorite parts of being a veterinary technician is she would tell you that performing dental cleanings is near the top of the list. Kendra has been helping pets maintain healthy smiles here at Brogli, Lane, Weaver & Alexander Animal Hospital since 2008. She grew up taking care of animals and has many years of experience in the veterinary field. She regularly attends veterinary CE events and particularly enjoys learning about new innovations in dental medicine. During dental month she’s the girl who makes sure your furbabies are comfortable and cared for before, during and after their dental cleaning.

Q & A with Kendra

Is a dental cleaning really necessary for my pet?

Yes, dental cleanings help prevent diseases that start in the gums from spreading to major organs in the body. All pets will need a dental cleaning at some point in their lives, but we understand that each pet is different and factors like diet, breed and age all play parts in deciding when a dental cleaning is needed for your pet.

How do I know if my pet needs a dental cleaning?

The first sign is usually bad breath. Sometimes you will notice your pet having trouble chewing his/her food or not wanting to eat at all. Another sign, especially in cats, is pawing at the mouth. I recommend bringing your pet in for a dental exam if you’re unsure or worried. If your pet has been in for a yearly check up you can call us to find out your pet’s dental score.

What can I expect when I bring my pet in for a dental cleaning?

We ask that you drop your pet off first thing in the morning between 7:00 am and 8:00 am. You can expect that your pet will receive a full dental prophy just like you and I do from our dentist. While cleaning the teeth I look for any periodontal pockets, fractures or abnormalities. I finish with polishing the teeth and a fluoride treatment. Your pet will be under full anesthesia to make him/her comfortable and less anxious. He/she will be closely monitored by myself and a doctor, and will be cared for as if they were our own furbabies until you pick them up that afternoon.

Please give our office a call at 615-893-1728 if you would like to schedule an appointment for your pet, if you would like an estimate for a dental cleaning or if you have questions. We look forward to hearing from you!