Pet Dental Care

Veterinary Dental Care

Pets can have dental disease, just like you do, so dental hygiene is an important part of your pet's health. Improper care of your pet's teeth can often be the cause of serious illness. If left untreated, dental problems can lead to larger systemic problems in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver.

Many problems that result from dental disease can be avoided by bringing your pet to The Veterinary Clinic, P.C. for regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings. Some signs of dental problems include:

  • Bad breath - one of the first signs of dental disease
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

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Your Pet's Dental Cleaning

Your pet's veterinary dental cleaning is much different than the process you undergo each year, and is considerably more involved, time-consuming and complex. Cleaning a pet's teeth requires general anesthesia, and consequently a day of hospitalization. The skills of several people, from veterinarians to veterinary technicians and animal attendants, are required for each dental procedure.

At The Veterinary Clinic, P.C., your pet's dental cleaning begins with a physical examination. This examination is important for evaluating your pet's general health. After the physical exam, your pet is given an anesthetic for a safe and painless sleep during his or her dental cleaning.

The first part of dental cleaning requires the removal of tartar using a hand scaler. Next, an ultrasonic scaler is used to clean above the gum line while a curette cleans and smooths the teeth under the gum line in the crevice between the teeth and gums. Then your pet's teeth are polished and the gums are washed with an anti-bacterial solution to help delay tartar build-up.



Cleaning Your Pet's Teeth At Home

Dental care does not end with a visit to your veterinarian. Brushing your pet's teeth is an important part of home dental care. Any member of The Veterinary Clinic, P.C. team can show you the proper method of brushing your pet's teeth.

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