Pet Dental Care: Better Health & Longer Life for Dogs & Cats
At Care and Care at the Courtyard Veterinary Clinics, our dental services include routine teeth cleaning and polishing, tooth extractions, and oral surgery, as well as digital dental radiology services. We assist you in maintaining your pet's pearly whites between visits, for better health and long life.
Regular Dental Care Improves Pet Health
Your animal companion is subject to the same dental concerns as every member of the family, including gum disease, decayed or broken teeth, foul breath, abscesses, and tooth loss. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that, when left untreated, leads to inflammation, bleeding, and pain. Added complications can be extremely painful, even life threatening, and may include heart, kidney, and lung disease. Routine dental care is essential to the health of your animal companions.
Dental Exam & Teeth Cleaning
Our veterinarians perform a thorough oral exam and professional teeth cleaning while your pet is under anesthesia, for patient comfort and safety. Your pet will have a complete physical exam prior to the procedure, and we may order digital dental X-rays or laboratory tests to be certain the patient is healthy.
Patients are monitored for vital signs during and after the procedure, until they are stable, alert, and recovered. Once the patient is asleep, we look for missing or extra teeth, inflammation, any abnormalities, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors. Once the exam is completed, we remove plaque and calculus from the teeth and under the gums. To smooth out any scratches in the enamel, we polish the teeth with special paste.
Home Dental Care for Pets
Our team will assist you in the basics of pet dental care at home: teeth brushing, appropriate foods and treats, and identifying signs of a developing dental problem. In addition, you may enjoy these additional videos and articles as resources for guidance and support.
These resources can help you get started with a home dental care routine:
- Dr. Sheldon Rubin, of the American Veterinary Medical Association, offers this video to teach a dog or cat to accept daily tooth brushing, describes healthy treats, and explains the risks of periodontal disease in pets.
- To begin a home dental care regime for your pet, read these tips about teeth brushing .
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