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Dental Care

Dental care is an important aspect of your pets health and well-being. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help prevent serious dental problems, such as gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. Brushing your pet's teeth daily is one of the most effective ways to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent dental problems.

What are the common signs of dental disease?
  • Yellow or brown buildup (plaque and tartar) on the teeth

  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums

  • Bad breath

  • Excessive drooling

  • Changes in eating or chewing habits

  • Pawing at the face

  • Loose teeth

  • Lethargy

How often should I have my pet's teeth looked at?

We recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly oral surgery.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

Unlike humans who can be instructed to keep their mouth open and still, pets cannot be controlled in the same manner. Therefore, for a safe and effective dental cleaning procedure, pets must be put under general anesthesia. The first step in the process is a professional cleaning and polishing of the pet's teeth to remove any buildup and get a clear view of the teeth. After cleaning, the veterinarian will examine the teeth and determine if any extractions are necessary.

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