While a little bit of plaque on your pet’s teeth might not seem like a big deal, it will be if it keeps accumulating! Gingivitis and dental disease are extremely common among dogs and cats over 3 years old.
While a little bit of plaque on your pet’s teeth might not seem like a big deal, it will be if it keeps accumulating! Gingivitis and dental disease are extremely common among dogs and cats over 3 years old. These conditions develop as plaque and tartar form on the teeth. In time, tartar works its way under the gum line, causing a painful infection. Pets do their best not to show signs of pain, but dental issues can greatly impact their quality of life. At The Animalife Veterinary Center at Mission Hills, we have the latest tools and cleaning techniques to combat dental disease and improve oral hygiene in pets. Call (239) 435-1222 to schedule a cat or dog teeth cleaning!
Many pets go years without having their teeth properly examined and cleaned. This then gives free rein to plaque and tartar in the mouth. Chew toys and dental treats are not enough to slow this buildup, which releases bacteria under the gum line. The gums become red and swollen, and pockets form as the gum tissue separates from the roots of the teeth. Bacteria can also get into the bloodstream and infect the heart and other major organs.
Overall, dental disease is a painful, progressive disease that can result in tooth loss and serious illness.
Yearly professional dental cleanings and oral exams can go a long way towards treating dental disease. At The Animalife Veterinary Center at Mission Hills, we:
Safely sedate our patients and use digital dental X-ray to thoroughly assess each tooth for damage and check the jaw bones for signs of weakness
Perform dental scaling and polishing to clean the teeth and smooth the enamel
Extract loose/damaged teeth and oral masses if needed
Provide take-home kits to help owners maintain their pet’s oral health at home
Offer a variety of dental care products to suit each pet’s dental needs
Professional cat and dog teeth cleanings are most effective when they are part of a routine. A single cleaning in your pet’s life will not have lasting effects. Let us help you create a viable dental care plan for your pet. This may include daily brushings at home, a change in diet, special dental chews, and yearly checkups and cleanings. Call us at (239) 435-1222 to learn more!