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Pet Dentist Northridge | Dog Teeth Cleaning Northridge
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Dental health is an important component of your pet’s overall wellbeing. In addition to affecting the teeth and gums, poor oral health can also negatively impact the heart, liver and kidneys.

Dental problems: What to look for

As a general rule of thumb, your pet should have his teeth and gums examined and deeply cleaned at least once a year. However, if you notice any of the following signs of serious dental problems, it’s important to schedule an appointment as soon as possible:

  • Bad breath
  • Broken teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Chewing difficulties
  • Diminished appetite
  • Excessive drooling
  • Tartar buildup
  • Pain, bleeding and swelling

What to expect at your appointment


We will need to see your pet ahead of scheduling an anesthetic dental cleaning to establish patient care and perform pre-anesthetic lab testing based on your pet's age in order to ensure they are within good enough health to undergo anesthesia. Your pet's safety is always our number one priority.

Dental cleaning

Your pet’s teeth cleaning will be done under anesthesia so that our team can safely and completely remove plaque and tartar. If dental extractions are necessary we will inform you to obtain your consent.


When you arrive at our Northridge clinic, we will perform X-rays of your pet’s mouth to evaluate the jaw and tooth roots as needed.

Common dental problems in cats and dogs

  • Broken teeth
  • Periodontal disease
  • Infection or abscess
  • Misaligned teeth and bite
  • Cyst or tumor
  • Palate defects
  • Broken jaw

Pet periodontal disease: What you need to know

Periodontal disease is a very common pet dental problem. The condition begins with plaque hardening into tarter, which can lead to infection and bone loss if it spreads below the gum line.

Most of the animals we see at our Northridge vet clinic have signs of periodontal disease. If the condition is allowed to progress, it can cause your best friend immense pain and may lead to a host of health problems, including heart, kidney and liver issues.

The stages of periodontal disease

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Stage 1

At this stage there is no bone loss – but the gums are red and swollen. The mouth is still generally healthy, but plaque is starting to accumulate. Stage one is considered to be reversible with diligent maintenance at home and routine professional cleanings.

Stage 2

Once periodontal disease has progressed to stage two, noticeable inflammation, swelling, sensitivity and plaque build-up are present and x-rays will show some degree of bone loss. Treatment at this stage focuses on preventing the disease from progressing with immediate professional care.

Stage 3

At stage three, your pet’s irritated and swollen gums will bleed easily and x-rays will reveal substantial bone loss. This stage poses a serious risk to your pet’s overall health. Treatment will include professional dental care and diligent home maintenance.

Stage 4

Stage four reflects chronic, ongoing periodontal disease. Your pet will suffer from severe inflammation, recessed gums, bone loss, bleeding and deep gum pockets. At this point irreversible damage has been done and urgent extractions are necessary.

Optimal oral health care starts at home

Prevention is key when it comes to your pet’s health. Regularly brushing his or her teeth can reduce the frequency of necessary cat and dog teeth cleanings, while preventing periodontal disease and keeping her teeth and gums in optimal shape.

Although it’s ideal to brush your animal’s teeth daily, several times a week is sufficient. Both dogs and cats are usually resistant to this process at first, but your pet will get used to the routine with patience and persistence on your part.

During your visit to our Northridge clinic, our pet dentists will talk to you about everything you can do at home to preserve your animal’s oral health.

Make an appointment today

If your pet isn’t feeling well, there’s no need to wait through the night or weekend. Visit our emergency vet hospital in Northridge and get the urgent care your best friend needs and deserves.


  • Monday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Thursday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday Closed

Dear NAMC Family:

With COVID-19 in the forefront of everyone's minds, we would like to update you on measures that we are taking to help keep us all (two-legged and four-legged) healthy and cared for.

As safety is our top priority, Northridge Animal Medical Center is strongly recommending that clients not attend their pets' appointments and adhere to our new Drop-Off Policy.

For drop-off, please call us as you are arriving in our rear parking lot and an attendant will take your pet in for you. For pick-up, please arrive five minutes prior to the end of your pet's appointment or at the time specified by our team, pick up at our rear entrance and an attendant will bring your pet to your car. Of course you may also wait for us to finish our evaluation and call you with our findings and treatment plans.

Our phone number is (818) 886-1216.

Please specify your concerns and share updates about your pet on the Drop-Off Form provided. You can also email us with your pet’s concerns. Updates following treatment will be emailed to you or shared over the phone. We also may email you images or videos as a visual aid when needed or required.

In addition to the above logistical changes, we have already implemented enhanced sanitation measures within the building, including:

  • Additional hand sanitizing stations throughout facility
  • Disinfection of facility several times daily
  • Educating employees on best practices to avoid spread of pathogens


We appreciate you so much. Thank you for bearing with us as we move forward.

Lots of well wishes,

Dr. Frank Marco and the Northridge Animal Medical Center Team