Dental Care


Dental health is crucial for pets, and regular dental exams and cleanings are an important part of their overall healthcare.

 Just like in humans, dental disease can lead to serious health issues in pets, including infections, abscesses, and damage to the bones and soft tissues in the mouth.

The American Animal Hospital Association recommends that pets receive annual dental cleanings from the age of one or two years to avoid dental disease. However, between annual wellness visits, pet owners should be aware of the signs of dental disease, which include bad breath, red and irritated gums, drooling, inappetence, loose or discolored teeth, bleeding, and decreased energy.

During a dental exam, a veterinarian will perform a comprehensive oral examination, including an evaluation of the face, head, neck, teeth, and soft tissues. Sedation is necessary for this type of exam, as it allows for radiographs to be taken to examine the tooth roots and surrounding bone, and dental probes to assess pocket depth and enamel damage. Teeth are cleaned and polished, and any bad teeth may be extracted while the animal is under anesthesia.

While at-home care is not a replacement for dental cleanings, brushing and diets can help reduce plaque buildup and maintain dental health. Certain breeds and animals with poor genetics or nutrition may require more dental care throughout their lives.

Pet owners should talk to their veterinarian about when a dental cleaning is necessary, as bad breath is a clear sign that a pet needs a dental exam. Regular dental exams and cleanings can help prevent dental disease and ensure a pet’s overall health and well-being.

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