Cat & Dog Teeth Cleaning
A healthy pet has a healthy mouth. We are happy to help keep your pet’s mouth healthy with both professional cat and dog teeth cleaning and suggestions for at-home pet dental care.
Taking care of your pet’s teeth is about more than avoiding their bad breath. As shown below, the consequences of untended teeth can range from unpleasant to quite severe:
- Pain (from minor discomfort to a severe toothache)
- Difficulty eating
- Inflammation of the gums and jawbone
- Loss of teeth
- Additional risk of heart valve, kidney, and liver inflammation (due to infection)
What Does Pet Dental Treatment Involve?
- Using an ultrasonic cleaning device and dental instruments, we then remove the tartar from your pet’s teeth.
- A full oral exam is performed, inspecting the teeth for fractures, chips, and other abnormalities.
- Depending on what we find, dental treatment can range from a simple cleaning and polish to more extensive treatments.
- As with human teeth, it it sometimes necessary to fill teeth or extract them.
When Does Your Pet Need Dental Treatment?
You should make an appointment for any of the following signs:
- Red gums on the transition from gums to teeth
- Easily bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Brown plaque on teeth
- Excessive salivation
- Loose teeth
- Chewing on one side
At-Home Prevention and Care
There are several things you can do to keep your pet’s mouth healthy and avoid extensive dental treatment:
- Give your pet special food formulated for the prevention of dental problems.
- Brush and polish their teeth regularly–daily is best.
- Make sure she has chew toys.
- Application of commercial preventatives.
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