Caring for your dog or cat’s dental health should be a regular part of their overall health regimen and should begin during their first year of life.
Does My Pet Have Dental Disease?
If your pet is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, we recommend you bring them in immediately for a pet dental examination:
- Swollen gums and/or face
- Pain or bleeding
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose or broken teeth
- Discolored teeth
Periodontal disease is unfortunately one of the most common diseases seen in adult dogs and cats. However, with proper and routine pet dental care, it is totally preventable. We recommend a two-fold process in caring for your dog or cat that includes annual dental examinations and cleanings, and a routine at-home dental regimen.
What to Expect During Your Pet’s Dental Visit
- Preliminary Exam
Each of our dental examinations includes a pre-anesthetic exam in which we conduct an initial assessment of your pet’s teeth and gum health. Prior to beginning the dental exam and administering anesthetics we will also perform any necessary blood work.
If anesthesia is needed, it will be administered using the safest protocols. Our dental staff will carefully monitor your pet’s vital signs throughout the procedure and afterwards.
- Digital Radiographs
Of your pet’s teeth will be taken in order to obtain a complete view of them.
- Scaling & Polishing
We will then scale and polish your pet’s teeth to remove plaque and calculus buildup above and beneath the gum line.
At Home Dental Care
The most important part of your pet’s dental regimen should take place at home. We recommend you brush your pet’s teeth at least once a day, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and circular motions angled towards the gum line. View the video below to see how to brush your pet’s teeth.
Items Dangerous to Your Pet’s Dental Health
In addition to regularly brushing your pet's teeth, we also recommend avoiding items that can cause tooth fractures, particularly in dogs, and oral foreign bodies including:
- Hard plastic toys
- Sticks and other wood items
A prominent dog or cat dentist recommends this test- “If you don’t want to hit yourself on the kneecap with it, don’t allow your dog to chew on it!”
How Often Should My Pet Receive a Dental Exam?
Just as with all of the veterinary care services we offer, we recommend your pet receive dental cleanings and examinations based on their specific needs. In some cases, we may suggest Preventive Dental Care and Assessments (PDCAs).