Sometimes when we think of regular care for our pets, we often don't realize how important of a role their teeth can play. Pets need regular dental care, just as we do, to keep their smile pearly white and healthy. Frequent brushing and regular dental cleanings can minimize the problems that occur with unhealthy teeth. We offer a variety of at home dental care as well as in house dental services to ensure that you are able to keep your pet's smile in great condition. Should you discover that your pet's teeth are in distress, however, we can certainly aid you in getting his or her smile back to a healthy condition.
When your pet reaches a point that a cleaning is necessary our trained doctors and technicians will scale, polish, and fluoride his or her teeth to bring them back to a healthy status. Moderate to severe build up of tartar can create several problems. Not only can it cause a foul odor, but there are also other problems that can have far reaching consequences. Plaque and tartar are full of bacteria that build-up and create gingivitis or inflammation of the gums. As the gums recede, bleeding will occur because of chronic aggravation. Most times this bleeding is so slight that it is not even noticeable, but it allows an opportunity for the bacteria to enter the blood stream. The bacteria can then go to the heart, kidneys, and even joints, and may cause lifelong or even terminal illness.
As you can see, the difference a dental cleaning with our trained staff is quite dramatic. Once this process is finished, our doctors or technicians will explain what at home dental care you can use to maintain this healthy smile and minimize further health problems incurred by unhealthy teeth. In some cases, this will provide adequate treatment to keep tartar at bay for several years. Some pets will require a more aggressive program to control the buildup. There are several products available to help in the control of tartar formation. T/d is a food available to help scrape tartar off as the pet eats. There are also chews that have dental enzymes that are released during the chewing process preventing tartar buildup as well as toothbrushes and paste available for actually brushing the teeth.