The most common health issue for dogs and cats is periodontal disease. At the three-year mark, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show some sign of periodontal disease. Prevention is the best medicine. Take a proactive role by purchasing a toothbrush for your four-legged friend and learn how to brush your pet’s teeth. Read more about our Dental Cleaning services »
“Unfortunately, only about 1 percent of pet owners brush their pet’s teeth,” explains Academy of Veterinary Dentistry President Dr. Brook A. Niemic. We find that to be true here at Hometown Veterinary Care. Brushing your pet’s teeth is the single best thing you can do to effectively reduce the need for periodic dental cleaning for your pet.
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When you bring your pet in for their annual examination we check their teeth and gums for any signs of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease occurs because plaque hardens and turns into tartar. It’s easy to see tartar above the gumline and that can be easily cleaned. Trouble begins when tartar gets below the gumline. This can set the stage for infection and damage to the jawbone and the connective tissues between teeth and jaw.
If a thorough dental cleaning is necessary your pet will need to be put under anesthesia. It will mean less pain for your pet and less stress for your vet. If your pet were moves around they might injure themself and/or bite the vet who is performing the procedure. It also allows for a radiograph or x-ray, as the pet needs to be very still for a successful image.
The dental cleaning removes the plaque and tartar with a scaling tool. Once scaling is completed the teeth are polished, very much like your dental cleaning. Your pet will be a bit groggy from the anesthesia, but they’ll be ready to go tomorrow.
There are many benefits to a thorough dental cleaning. No more bad breath. It’s not normal or healthy for a pet to have bad breath. Regular brushing, dental chews and rinses are excellent follow-ups to a dental cleaning.
Fussy eating will likely end because the source of pain has been removed or repaired. Eating becomes a joy again. The most important benefit is your pet will have an increased lifespan. Periodontal disease can shorten the life of your pet by infecting organs and the immune system. Call us to schedule a dental cleaning for your pet soon.