Do you know a dog or cat who loves having their teeth brushed? They’re few and far in between. We understand that tooth care can be tricky for you and stressful for your pet. However, regular dental cleanings and exams are essential to your pet’s overall health.
Unfortunately, an estimated 80% of dogs over the age of 3 live with periodontal disease. Bacteria from this disease can travel into the bloodstream and enter the internal organs, which causes more harm. Dental disease can also affect your dog or cat’s energy level, temperament, and eating and drinking habits.
Your pet may develop infections, severe gingivitis, and lose teeth without treatment. That’s why we offer comprehensive dental care for cats and dogs.
Dental Care in the Comfort of Your Home
Depending on what your pet can tolerate—our cheese and peanut butter bribes will be out in full force!—our veterinary team can perform basic dental checks at your home. We do this as part of our regular wellness visits. We’ll provide custom dental care recommendations based on what we see.
However, we can only see about 30% of your pet’s teeth and mouth area without dental X-rays. We recommend full dental exams once or twice a year to give us a clearer picture of your pet’s overall oral health.
On-Site Dental Exams
Our dental exams allow us to examine your pet’s teeth while they’re comfortable and sedated. We’ll pick your pet up from your home, bring them to our veterinary center, and put them under general anesthesia for dental cleaning and X-rays. Your pet’s vitals will be monitored throughout the entire procedure.
X-rays allow us to accurately diagnose major problems like tooth abscesses, bone loss, gum disease, oral infections, and even tumors. Once we can see the full picture of what’s going on with your pet’s teeth, we can work with you to decide how to treat these conditions.
At our physical location, we offer:
- Full anesthetic dental X-rays
- Dental cleanings with scaling, polishing, and fluoride application
- Full mouth charting
- Gingival flap surgery
- Gingival hyperplasia removal
Once your pet is fully recovered from the anesthesia, we’ll bring them home to you with newly sparkling teeth and a thorough understanding of their oral health.
How to Keep Your Pet’s Teeth Healthy at Home
When our veterinary team provides dental care for your cat or dog, we’ll also provide recommendations for at-home dental care. We’ll give you suggestions for the best dental treats, chews, toothbrush/toothpaste combos, and drinking water additives.
C.E.T. Chews get soft when your pet chews them and act as an enzymatic tooth cleaner. Oravet and Greenies are safe dental chews you can try, too.
We also recommend avoiding any chew toys or treats that you cannot indent your fingernail in, as these are too hard and can fracture your pet’s teeth.