Preventive Dental Care
Quality dental care is one of the most important parts of your pet's overall health and well-being.
Keep their teeth and gums healthy and pain free.
Your pet needs dental care on a routine basis.
Is it time for their teeth cleaning?
Warning signs of dental problems
- Bad breath
- Tartar buildup on teeth (this is a yellow or brown build up at the base of the tooth).
- Changes in eating habits.
- Abnormal drooling.
- Gums bleeding.
- Tooth loss.
- Broken teeth.
- Retained baby teeth.
- Swelling or growth in mouth.
- Change in behavior.
80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of 3 suffer from periodontal disease; you can add 2-4 years to your pet’s life with proper dental care.
The health of your pet’s teeth depends on routine home care and regular professional (cleaning) scaling and polishing. Dental disease (or periodontal disease) is the most common disease in dogs and cats, and it affects more than your pet’s mouth. With painful gums or loose, damaged teeth, pets can’t be their best selves. They cannot hold their favorite toys in their mouths or eat without pain, which affects their quality of life and your relationship with them, too. Without regular care, periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis, can affect the gums and the bone supporting your pet’s teeth. Advanced oral disease can increase the risk of infection that leads to tooth loss, heart, liver and kidney disease. Early stages of disease are reversible with professional care, but later stages will require extractions and/ or oral surgeries.
What To Expect When You Bring Your Pet In For An Annual Dental Cleaning
- Patient arrives in the morning and will stay for the day.
- Pre-Anesthetic blood screen (recommended).
- General anesthesia.
- Thorough oral exam.
- Periodontal dental disease evaluation.
- Digital x-rays.
- Extractions (if needed).
- Scale and polish.
- Fluoride treatment
- Patient is moved to recovery and monitored.
For more information read our dental Blog
Protect Your Pet's Teeth And Gums At Home.
- Brush your pet’s teeth daily. We recommend the use of a enzymatic pet toothpaste. (Do not use human toothpaste.)
- Use pet oral rinse to treat gingivitis or infection.
- Chews for dental disease like Greenies® or RalstonVet Enzymatic Chews®. We do not recommend dried natural bones or hard nylon products because these products are to hard. These hard products may cause broken teeth or damage gums.
- Diets like Science diet® Oral care or Prescription Diet® T/D.
- Ask your veterinarian about other ways that you can care for your pet’s dental needs.