Dental Health

Dental care is a very important part in your pet’s overall health. During any exam our doctors perform, we always make sure to check your pet’s teeth. This is to see if anything is broken or abnormal besides the uncommon tartar build up. Because most dental disease occurs below the gum line, where you can’t see it, a thorough dental cleaning and evaluation are performed under anesthesia.

Anesthesia makes it possible to perform the dental procedures with less stress and pain for your pet. In addition, anesthesia allows for a better cleaning because your pet is not moving around and risking injury from the dental equipment. 

Dental cleaning includes scaling (to remove dental plaque and tartar) and polishing, similar to the process used on your own teeth during your regular dental cleanings. After we scale each tooth, then we go ahead to polish each one as we near the end. The veterinarian will inspect the mouth after to make sure there aren't any teeth that need to be extracted.

This is an outpatient procedure so you can pick up your pet later that day.

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 

Toothbrush


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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