Dog and Cat Dental Care
Is dental care part of your pet's daily health routine? If not, now is the perfect time to start. Pets need regular checkups and teeth cleanings-just like us-to stave off plaque buildup, infection, tooth loss, and other health problems. Without consistent care, pets can develop dental disease as early as age 2, which is why we advocate for a preventive dental approach, which includes oral checkups, teeth cleanings, dental X-rays, and more.
Why Your Pet Needs a Dental Exam
Not sure if your pet needs a dental checkup? Look for these signs, which indicate not just poor oral hygiene, but also poor health:
- Bad breath
- Red and swollen gums
- Excessive drooling
- Dropping food while eating (could indicate oral pain)
- Yellow/brown buildup on the teeth
- Pawing at mouth
- Change in behavior (sleeping more often, reluctant to play with chew toys)
- Decreased appetite, weight loss
Help keep your pet's mouth clean and their body healthy with yearly dental exams!
HOW WE DIAGNOSE AND TREAT DENTAL DISEASE
Issues like swollen gums (known as gingivitis) and loose teeth are caused by infected, painful gum tissue. These conditions leave your pet uncomfortable and unable to eat properly. They also make your pet at higher risk for heart, liver, and kidney disease.
We take a thorough approach to diagnose and treat dental disease by conducting an oral exam to reveal any signs of dental disease in your dog or cat.
If, after your pet's oral exam, he or she needs to have their teeth cleaned, we:
- Take dental X-rays to get a better idea of what is going on below the gumline and better gauge your pet’s oral health, so radiographs are essential.
- Perform all dental procedures with your pet fully-sedated. This allows us to examine your pet’s mouth slowly and carefully to look for anything abnormal. We know how important it is, and don't want to rush.
- Remove plaque and tartar by scaling and polishing the enamel of your pet's teeth during the dental procedure. By removing buildup on the teeth, we’re also removing harmful bacteria.
- Extract any loose, decayed, or broken teeth. These are painful, unsightly, and will improve your pet's health and comfort.