This is a type of outpatient procedure. What this means is for dentals we have you drop off in the morning and pick your pet up later in the day once the anesthetic is worn off.
Home Dental Care
Preventing periodontal disease by keeping your pet's teeth and gums healthy isn't just a job for your veterinarian; it's your job too. The goal of home dental care is to remove the plaque before it mineralizes into calculus (tartar), a process that occurs within days of a teeth cleanings, ongoing follow-up oral care at home is just as important in preventing this.
You should also be able to recognize the signs of poor oral health. If you notice any of the following, you should contact us and make a dental appointment for your pet:
• Persistent bad breath
• A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
• Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
• Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
• Excessively drooling
• Change in eating habits
•Pawing at the mouth or rubbing the face
Start with the basic tools: a soft-bristled toothbrush (ideally, one specifically for pets) or a finger brush and toothpaste. Be sure to use toothpaste specially formulated for pets, since toothpaste for people is designed to be spit out and can be toxic to cats and dogs when swallowed.
Brushing your pet's health is the best started at a young age, before the adult teeth erupt. The younger the animal is, the more he/she will get used to their new routine.
If you have other question about dental health or dental cleanings, feel free to call our office and we would be happy to answer!
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