Dog and Cat Dentistry
Pet Dental Care is Important
Dental care is very important for cats and dogs. Plaque and tartar that build-up on your pet's teeth can lead to gingivitis. Reddened, bleeding gums, difficulty chewing and bad breath are all signs of gingivitis. Untreated gingivitis can progress to a more advanced form of periodontal disease, a bacterial infection that, if left untreated, can cause the loss of teeth.
The same bacteria causing gingivitis and periodontal disease can be carried into the blood stream and cause damage to your pet's kidneys, heart, liver and other organs. Regular dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar and prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease.
We recommend regular dental cleanings if indicated as part of your pet’s overall health care plan. Because anesthesia is required to keep your pet safe and still during the cleaning, we perform a thorough physical exam and blood tests to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for this procedure. These tests also help us develop an anesthetic protocol that is specific for your pet.
Once anesthesia is administered, the cleaning begins. We use modern and safe ultrasonic equipment to clean each tooth thoroughly, both above and below the gum line. We polish your pet's teeth, which creates a smooth, lustrous surface that is more resistant to plaque build-up.
Your pet's dental care doesn't end after he or she leaves our clinic. Our staff will show you how to brush your pet's teeth at home. This is an excellent way to prevent plaque and tartar build-up and promote good oral hygiene.
If your pet has bad breath, is having difficulty chewing or is refusing to eat his or her normal food, please call us for an appointment so that we can examine your pet’s mouth and teeth.