Keeping your pet’s teeth clean and healthy doesn’t just prevent bad breath. Proper dental care can prevent periodontal disease, the build-up of bacteria and plaque on your pet’s teeth and gums. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause bleeding and inflammation of the gums, gum recession, alveolar bone loss and tooth mobility. As the disease progress, the bacteria can travel through the blood and damage your pet’s heart, liver and kidneys. Periodontal disease is extremely common, and more than 80 percent of dogs and cats have this problem by four years of age.

Common signs of oral disease include:

  • Tartar build up
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Changes in eating or chewing habits
  • Pawing at the face
  • Generalized depression

Dental exams and cleanings every 6 to 12 months can help prevent periodontal disease and lead to better health for your pet. Your pet’s dental cleaning begins with a physical examination, in order to evaluate your pet’s oral health. During a routine dental, tartar is removed from your pet’s teeth with a hand scaler; next, a periodontal probe checks for pockets under the gumline-where periodontal disease and bad breath start. An ultrasonic scaler is then used to clean above the gumline, while a curette cleans and smooth’s the teeth under the gumline. Your pet’s teeth are then polished and a fluoride treatment is given to help delay tartar build-up. Following the cleaning, we can discuss with you how best to care for your pet’s teeth at home. Say “no” to doggy breath and yes to routine dental care