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Regular dental care is important to maintaining your pet’s teeth, as well as to support good general health, prevent infection and avoid disease. During your pet’s visit, we will examine his or her mouth for any tartar build-up, gingivitis, fractured or loose teeth, growths, and/or any other problems you may have noticed.  The negative consequences of ignoring dental hygiene in pets may include:

  • Poor nutrition due to inability to grind or chew foods
  • Weight loss
  • Damage to heart, kidney, or liver from bacterial infections 
  • Chronic pain

You are your pet’s first defense in maintaining good oral health. Call us at once if you observe any of the following:

  • Bad breath
  • Broken or discolored teeth
  • Refusal to eat, especially dry food 
  • Pawing the muzzle
  • Refusal to play with chew toys
  • Increased drooling
  • Unusual discharge from the nose
  • Swelling or sores on the face, jaw, in the mouth, or around eyes
  • Sudden changes in behavior

Dental Cleaning

A dental scale and polish is highly recommended on a routine basis as bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream causing damage to the heart, liver, kidneys, and other internal organs. Bringing your pet to us for periodic cleaning is only one part of a preventative dental plan. You play the most important role in your pet’s dental care by brushing the teeth regularly at home, if able. Not all pets are amendable to home dental care.

All dental procedures require general anesthesic and pre-anesthesic blood tests. We use modern and safe ultrasonic scaling to clean each tooth thoroughly. Dental technicians polish the teeth to create a smooth, lustrous surface more resistant to plaque build-up. After the teeth are cleaned, polished and scaled, substances can be applied to help protect the teeth from further tartar “build up” which can aid in increasing time between dental cleanings.

For information on implementing your home dental care regime, read this American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) teeth brushing article.

 

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