Dental Care for Dogs and Cats
A good dental program will provide comfort and longevity to your pet’s life as well as make them more pleasant to be around. Both dogs and cats need regular dental care. Just like humans, the build-of plaque and tartar deposits on your pet’s teeth that results from inadequate maintenance of the teeth and gums by brushing or cleaning leads to gingivitis and periodontitis. These diseases, in their advanced stages, pose serious health risks which can include heart, lung, and kidney problems.
Professional Dental Care at Veterinary Medical Center
We recommend a preventative dental care routine that includes professional dental cleanings by us. Our cleaning process includes an examination of each of your pet’s individual teeth. We check for mobility, fractures, and malocclusion. We use a modern and safe ultrasonic cleaner to clean each tooth thoroughly – above and below the gum line. Dental technicians polish the teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup. Fluoride treatments help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.
Our dental care services include:
- Oral/dental exams.
- Dental radiographs.
- Comprehensive dental cleanings, polishing and fluoride treatments.
- Minor oral surgery including, but not limited to, tooth extractions, fistula repairs and removal of oral tumors.
- Comprehensive pain management before, during and after any oral procedure that may produce discomfort.
- Monitored general anesthesia through our knowledgeable, well-trained technicians with the aid of digital monitoring for the vital signs.
- Home dental care instructions.
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At Home Dental Care
A good dental care routine includes at home dental care. Brushing your pet’s teeth every day will reduce or eliminate plaque buildup. For dogs AND cats, regular at-home brushing is an important part of a preventative dental program. Brushing your pet’s teeth every day will reduce or eliminate plaque buildup. Our staff will show you how to brush your pet’s teeth at home. Brushing your pet’s teeth at the same time each day with a pet toothpaste (do not use human toothpaste) and a brushing device (toothbrush, finger brush, gauze on your finger, etc.) is the most effective means of removing plaque from your pet’s teeth. If you have any questions on how to brush your pet’s teeth, please give us a call.
Please call us to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians if your dog or cat is exhibiting any of these signs of dental diseases:
• Loss of appetite or loss of weight
• Bad breath
• Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
• Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
• Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
• Bleeding from the mouth