Teeth Cleaning for Dogs and Cats
Despite being one of the most important forms of treatment for dogs and cats, teeth cleaning (and pet dental care in general) is frequently overlooked. As a result, a majority of pets experience dental disease by age 3, and are at risk for other diseases as well. Since pets with clean, healthy mouths have a greater chance of living longer, why not ensure a healthier future for your best friend? Our team is here to help you every step of the way.
Why It’s Important to Prevent Dental Disease
Dental disease occurs in stages, with periodontal disease being the most severe.
- First, continuous buildup of plaque and tartar along the gum line sets the stage for gingivitis (swollen gums).
- The accumulated material on your pet’s teeth harbors bacteria, which finds its way under the gums and attacks the roots of the teeth, leading to bone loss.
- Without treatment, this bacteria breaks down the gum tissue and support structures of the teeth, exposing the roots and increasing the likelihood for tooth loss.
- Bacteria under the gum line might be able to enter the bloodstream and infect the heart, kidneys, and liver. Additionally, periodontal disease can weaken the jaw bones and increase the possibility of a fracture.
How to Know if Your Pet Has Dental Disease
Dental disease is extremely uncomfortable for dogs and cats and will affect their daily life in various ways. The most common signs of a serious oral problem include:
- Bad breath
- Brown/yellow buildup on the teeth
- Drooling far more than usual
- Difficulty eating (dropping food)
- Pawing at the mouth
- Redness and swelling of the gums
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
- Change in behavior
- Less interest in fetching and playing with chew toys
Keep in mind that most pets do not show obvious symptoms even if they are in pain. This is why yearly physical exams with a veterinarian are necessary.
Teeth Cleaning Services Our Clinic Offers
Chicago Drive Veterinary Clinic provides complete pet dental care services to ensure the best oral health for every dog and cat. These include:
- Oral exams
- Dental X-rays before each dental procedure to better detect dental disease
- Scaling and polishing the teeth above and below the gum line
- Oral growth removals
- Root canals/oral surgery (extractions)
- Instructing pet parents in at-home dental care practices
- Offering VOHC-endorsed dental care products
Will Brushing My Pet’s Teeth Really Help?
Yes! And the sooner you start, the better. Brushing prevents the buildup of plaque and tartar and lengthens the time between professional teeth cleanings. Your pet will be healthier and happier with their clean teeth and gums. If you need treatment recommendations to suit your pet’s unique needs, give us a call today at (616) 669-0501!
My dog gets treated like royalty when we come to Chicago Drive Vet Clinic. Dr. Coll is extremely gentle with her and really cares about her well being. The staff is very friendly and so easy to talk with. There is always phone follow up with any tests or treatment given. We also use the grooming services and kennel when we travel. Very satisfied.