Dentistry: Dental tartar can lead to gum disease and potentially result in tooth loss and infections of the heart and kidneys. We provide professional dental cleanings and can teach you how to properly care for your pet’s teeth.
Signs that your pet may have dental disease:
- Persistent bad breath
- Gums that bleed easily or are inflamed and red
- Loss of appetite or difficulty eating
- Sensitivity around the mouth
- Teeth covered in tartar or decayed
- Loose or missing teeth
- Facial swelling
Pet dentistry can help keep your pet’s teeth and gums clean, healthy and free of infection. Dental infections can travel from the mouth into the bloodstream, causing a potentially life-threatening situation. When your pet comes for his/her Preventative Care Exam a dental exam will be included. Our veterinarians will check the inside of your pet’s mouth, teeth, head and neck for swelling, redness, bleeding, infections, and abnormalities. During a dental cleaning, plaque will be cleaned from the teeth and below the gum line. Digital dental x-ray can then be taken to assess the teeth, jaw and bone.
Do I need to brush my pet’s teeth? How often?
Yes! Home dental care is one of the best ways to help keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy. Start as early as possible in your pet’s life so he or she will become accustomed to the brushing process. You should brush your pet’s teeth as much as possible, ideally once a day.
How do I brush my pet’s teeth? What do I use?
Use a moistened dog/cat toothbrush with soft bristles. If you do not have a specially designed pet toothbrush, you can also use a child’s toothbrush, a finger toothbrush, gauze around a finger or a cotton swab. Lift the lip and massage the teeth in a circular motion. It is very important to only use pet approved toothpaste, which will come in different flavors including chicken and vanilla mint. There are also available dental treats and toys that will assist with good dental hygiene.