Proper dental hygiene is just as important for your pet as it is for you! Remember, your dog or cat doesn’t have hands – they interact with the world mostly through their mouths. Oral pain can significantly impair their ability to comfortably interact with the world around them.
Problems in your pet’s mouth directly affects their overall health, which makes it very important to ensure their mouths are in good shape. We offer a full program of professional dental cleaning services, using modern technology, to help keep your pet’s mouth in tip top health.
Did you know?
- Bad breath in dogs and cats can be a sign of dental disease,
- Daily brushing of your pet’s teeth can help prevent some of the tartar buildup, but will not eliminate it. Professional dental cleaning is the only way to safely remove the buildup of bacteria and tartar, both above and below the gum line of your pet’s teeth.
- Drooling, picking up and dropping food and not eating can be signs of a sore mouth. An oral examination by one of our veterinarians is the first step to making your pet more comfortable.
- Some pets need to have their teeth cleaned every six months while others may go years until they need a cleaning. Allow our experienced veterinarian’s to make that initial assessment and tell you the severity of your pet’s dental disease.
- Some pets never lose their baby teeth, also known as ‘retained deciduous’ teeth. This could lead to problems with their bite and the ability to chew their food properly, not to mention be a prime source for tartar build up, therefore, extraction will be required to avoid these potential issues.
- All pets undergoing a professional dental cleaning will be put under general anesthesia in order to be able to effectively and safely clean your pet’s teeth. No pet is going to allow us to work on their mouth for any length of time in order to achieve optimum results if they are awake. As always, all pets in our care are closely monitored throughout this entire procedure.
Interested in the specifics of what a Dental Cleaning is for your pet?
Dental Cleanings for Your Older Pet
Many people have concerns about their older pet’s health while undergoing anesthesia or have heard that it is unsafe for their older pets to be anesthetized. We understand your concerns and view anesthesia as a serious procedure, which is why we take every precaution to ensure your pet is safe to undergo anesthesia at any time. It is your pet’s overall health, not just their age, that determines the safety of the anesthesia.
Old age itself is not a disease, which is why pre-anesthetic bloodwork is so important. We want to make absolutely sure that there are no serious concerns to be aware of before we begin. An important thing to remember is that poor oral health can have a big impact on many internal organs of your senior pet’s body, such as their heart, liver, or kidneys! Our aging pets need all the help they can get to live long, happy and comfortable lives and dental health is a major part of this.
The Importance of Anesthesia
We understand that dental cleanings can be expensive, and we know that some of you may have seen offers from groomers or other providers that offer a non-anesthetic cleaning for “less cost and less risk.” Unfortunately, neither of these claims are true. Restraining an animal to allow someone to clean the visible surfaces of their teeth without sedation is very stressful for pets, as they do not understand what is happening to them!
All a non-anesthetic dental cleaning entails is scraping plaque off of the surface of the teeth and does not address the accumulation of tartar underneath the gumline. A professional dental cleaning is so much more – the dental technician is cleaning, evaluating, and sending your pet home with a healthy mouth, free from bacteria that can cause painful dental disease. A professional dental cleaning done by your veterinarian is the safest and most effective way to completely evaluate your pet’s dental health, treat any problems, and send them home healthy and happy.
If you have any questions about the Professional Dental Cleaning procedure, please check out our Step-by-Step Guide and as always, don’t hesitate to call us at the clinic (727-546-0005) if you have any additional questions. If you are concerned about your pet’s dental health, please schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, who will perform an oral examination and determine the next step of prevention for your pet.
You Can Help!
Have you ever really looked at your pet’s mouth? It can be surprising how much tartar can build up without you even noticing! The back teeth tend to gather more tartar than the front teeth. Pull up the lip of your pet and look at their back teeth, you may be surprised at the amount of tartar buildup!
Home dental care can help tremendously to keep your pet’s breath fresh and healthy. Dental chews and hard food can help control tartar buildup in your pet’s mouth. There are a lot of products available, and we can help you find ones that are the best for your pet’s needs. The best way for you to contribute to your pet’s dental health, is by brushing their teeth at home regularly.
Brushing your pet’s teeth isn’t impossible! While you shouldn’t use your own toothpaste on your pet as it could make them sick, there are many different types of toothpaste made specially for cats and dogs. Click on each of these images below to view a hands on video about how to brush your cat or dog’s teeth at home.