Did you know that by the age of three, most pets have evidence of periodontal disease? Cats and dogs are so very stoic that owners often don't notice any signs of dental disease aside from bad breath. In addition to causing tooth loss and pain, periodontal disease also leads to heart, kidney and liver damage. While daily tooth brushing is the gold standard for keeping your pet's teeth clean, many pets require periodic professional scaling and polishing under anesthesia, followed by routine dental care at home, to maintain their oral hygiene. We are excited to offer reasonably priced, all-inclusive, dental cleanings for otherwise healthy pets as a way to encourage routine dental care and improve your pet’s overall wellbeing. Please call or email for more information.
While our goal is to prevent tooth loss by providing routine dental cleanings for our patients, many animals will require dental extractions at some point in their life. We are proud to offer a full dental suite including state of the art dental radiographs (X-ray), much like you would experience at your own dentist. Dental radiographs allow us to extract teeth more efficiently, which helps reduce anesthesia time and improve surgical outcomes.
How to brush your pets teeth at home
Prevention of periodontal disease starts at home. Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy between dental cleanings, and may reduce the frequency or even eliminate the need for periodic dental cleaning by your veterinarian. Daily brushing is best, but it’s not always possible and brushing several times a week can be effective. Most dogs accept brushing, but cats can be a bit more resistant – patience and training are important.
There are many pet products marketed with claims that they improve dental health, but not all of them are effective. Talk with your veterinarian about any dental products, treats, or dental-specific diets you’re considering for your pet, or ask your veterinarian for their recommendation.