Dental Care

Pet Dental Services

Pets need regular, professional dental care from your veterinarian and daily home care from you to remain healthy. Your veterinarian is the best source to determine how frequently your pet’s teeth should be treated, and which products to use for home cleanings. Ignoring your pet’s dental needs can lead to periodontal disease, loss of teeth, and failure of organs including the heart, liver, and kidneys. The earliest sign of periodontal disease is inflammation (redness or swelling) of the gums. Other indicators include bad breath, yellow/brown substance on teeth, bleeding gums, tooth loss, drooling, and change of chewing or eating habits. Dental plaque bacteria are the primary cause of Periodontal disease. Plaque is the soft material that is on the surface of the teeth. It can be brushed off teeth, but when it hardens into tarter, it requires professional care to remove. This affects about 70% of cats and 80% of dogs by three years of age.

A dental procedure called a prophylaxis or a “prophy” consists of scaling (removing disease causing bacteria) and polishing of the teeth. It is performed under anesthesia by a licensed technician and veterinarian. This is recommended at least once a year. We also recommend having blood work performed prior to this procedure to make sure your pet’s kidneys and liver are working well enough to metabolize the anesthesia.

close up of the dog's mouth before dental procedure displaying plaque and other signs of unhealthy teeth
Before
close up of the dog's mouth after dental procedure
After

Tips to keep your pets teeth and body healthy:

  • Practice a regular dental care regimen at home.
  • Include brushing your pet’s teeth with specially formulated toothpaste
  • Start early with puppies and kittens. Never use toothpaste for humans. This can cause stomach upset.
  • Take your pet to your veterinarian for a dental exam. Schedule regular veterinarian checkups.
  • We recommend Purina Pro Plan Dental Health food for complete and balanced nutrition, and daily support for your pet’s dental care between veterinary visits. Click here for more details of how this line of food will help your pet to live a happy and healthy life!

We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please contact us with all your pet care needs.