Brushing and flossing is a part of everyday life for most humans, but most never think about dental care for pets. Caring for your pet’s teeth, however, is just as important as taking care of your own.
Dental Care and Your Pet's Health
Dental health affects more than just your pet’s teeth and gums; it also has a major impact on a pet’s general health.
When neglected, plaque and tartar accumulate on teeth, creating pockets between the teeth and gums where harmful bacteria grow and thrive. This leads to an infection called periodontal (gum) disease. Left untreated, gum disease not only causes pain, swelling, and tooth decay, but it can also lead to blood infections and organ damage throughout the body. In extreme cases, periodontal disease can even be fatal.
Caring for Your Pet's Oral Health with At-Home Care and Professional Pet Dentistry
At home, you can encourage good dental health with dental friendly chew toys, treats, and kibble. You can also brush your pet’s teeth with a specially designed toothbrush and a toothpaste formulated specifically for cats or dogs.
We also recommend professional cleanings with our skilled veterinarians. With patients under general anesthesia for their comfort and safety, we’ll scale and polish the pet’s teeth, removing plaque and tartar. We’ll also take a set of dental x-rays to determine the health of a pet’s teeth internally and below the gum line. If any teeth require extraction, we’ll always get your consent first.
Preserve Your Pet's Smile and Health with Pet Dentistry in Valencia
Each pet’s wellness exam includes a superficial examination of the pet’s teeth and gums. If your pet has noticeable tartar, broken teeth, or if you’ve observed signs or symptoms of oral discomfort in your pet, our veterinarians will strongly recommend scheduling a pet dental appointment. To learn more about teeth cleanings and examinations for pets or to schedule a pet dentistry appointment for your dog or cat, contact our office today.