Pet Dentistry: Teeth Cleaning & Dental Care for Dogs And Cats
We provide thorough oral exams and a variety of pet dentistry services.
- Dental xrays for your pet are performed with our dedicated digital dental unit.
- Root canals, crowns and facial fractures are referred to a veterinary dental specialist.
If left untreated, plaque builds up, leading to gum inflammation that can then cause tissue decay. The inflammation then progresses deep enough to destroy bone, which finally leads to tooth loss, the ultimate end of periodontal disease.
Unfortunately, periodontal disease (also called gum disease), occurs five times as often in pets as it does in people. As a matter of fact, more than 80% of dogs over 3 years have periodontal disease. Yet, while gum disease is usually the biggest dental problem a dog faces, it's not the only one. Some dogs, especially larger breeds, are also prone to broken or fractured teeth.
All of this can add up to a mouth in great pain. But a dog owner almost never notices the chronic pain because our pets have evolved to hide it. Their animal instincts urge them never to show a sign of weakness. Your dog's mouth could have bleeding gums and abscessed teeth and your dog may still eat just fine. That's why it is vital for you to do your part for your pooch's oral health.
What Regular Dental Care Does Your Pet Need?
Pets need a lot of the same regular dental care that people do, with one addition. They need:
- Daily Brushings
- Quality Food
- Regular Oral X-rays, Exams, and Cleanings
- Safe Teeth-Cleaning Chew Toys or Treats
The main reason pets get gum disease so often is because most don't have their teeth brushed daily. Yet brushing your dog's teeth daily is the best way to prevent the buildup and progression of plaque.
Surprisingly, when approached with patience and gentleness, most dogs (and cats), even older ones, can be persuaded to allow regular brushings. Yet statistics show that less than 1% of pet owners commit to brushing their pet’s teeth regularly.