Many pet owners don’t realize that dental care is one of the most important aspects of your pet’s overall health. Just as we take good care of our teeth, our pet’s need proper dental care to maintain a healthy mouth. When dental care is neglected, pets develop gum disease, also called periodontal disease. Gum disease can be very painful and even cause teeth to fall out. You veterinarian will check your pet’s mouth and teeth during your annual physical exam, looking for signs of dental disease, and recommend a professional dental cleaning if necessary.
Professional Dental Cleanings
If your veterinarian detects gum disease during your pet’s wellness visit, he or she may recommend a comprehensive dental cleaning. A dental cleaning includes dental x-rays to detect disease that may be lurking under the gumline. The cleaning itself must be performed under anesthesia so that your veterinarian can clean under the gumline. We make anesthesia as safe as possible with complete surgical monitoring, and a Licensed Veterinary Technician will monitor your pet throughout the entire procedure. A professional cleaning is well worth it because it removes hardened plaque and tartar that wear down on the gums and can be very painful for your pet. After a cleaning, your pet’s mouth will look and feel great!
You can greatly reduce your pet’s need for professional cleanings by taking care of your pet’s teeth regularly at home. Our pets benefit from regular toothbrushing, just like us! Brushing your pet’s teeth with a special pet toothbrush and toothpaste removes plaque-forming bacteria before it can harden on your pet’s teeth. As pet owners ourselves, we understand that brushing your pet’s teeth everyday might not be realistic, but brushing once or twice a week still makes a difference! Your veterinarian can also recommend dental diets and special chew toys that help break down plaque while your pet chews.