Dental exams are a vital part of your pet’s overall health. Even when pets’ teeth appear to be clean, bacteria can exist below the gum line and do damage that you can’t see with the naked eye. That is why we encourage regular dental exams for all pets. During the dental procedure your pet’s teeth will be cleaned, scaled, and polished. A highly trained professional uses state of the art dental tools to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums, while eliminating tartar and plaque. This not only gives your pet white, beautiful teeth and better breath, it helps protect them from a variety of illnesses that result from poor dental health.
Warning Signs of Dental Disease
Being able to recognize the signs of dental disease is important. Once you’ve seen the signs of dental disease in your pet, take your pet to the animal hospital right away. This will help ensure that your pet gets the treatment he or she needs to avoid gum disease. Signs of dental disease include:
- Red, inflamed gums
- Bleeding gums
- Stains on the teeth and gums
- Bad breath
- Loose, missing or cracked teeth
- Difficulty chewing or eating hard foods
- Reluctance to eat
What can we do?
We help pets maintain healthy teeth and gums with the following services:
During our dental exams, we’ll check your pet’s teeth for plaque and signs of dental disease. If we find discover that your pet has plaque buildup, gum disease, infection or other problems, we’ll make recommendations for treatment and cleaning as needed.
During our tooth cleaning services, we’ll scrape the plaque off of your pet’s teeth. We’ll also polish the enamel to prevent food particles from sticking to your pet’s teeth after meals.
Sometimes a pet’s tooth cannot be saved. Tooth extractions can help pets experiencing tooth infections
What can you do?
In addition to brushing your pet’s teeth, you can also use the following products to improve your pet’s dental health:
These products help your pet maintain fresh breath and can also help break up plaque.
Dental chews help break up plaque and clean your pet’s teeth.
Dental cleaning chew toys.
Some chew toys are designed to clean your pet’s teeth as he or she gnaws and chews.
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