Imagine never taking a trip to the dentist throughout your lifetime or only brushing your teeth every few weeks. This is the reality faced by many cats and dogs. Caring for your pet's dental health is just as important as your own. By regularly booking yearly check-ups, you're ensuring your cat and dog's oral health is well taken care of.
How can regular brushing support oral health?
At-home care goes hand in hand with in-clinic appointments to maintain your dog and cat's health. Brushing helps remove bacteria and tartar buildup on the surface of your pet's teeth. Over time, this accumulation can lead to issues like periodontal (gum) disease. Ideally, you should be brushing your pet's teeth at least 3 to 4 times per week. However, if it's not part of your cat and dog's daily regimen, you can work your way toward this goal. When your cat and dog start brushing their teeth, they could fidget and squirm quite a bit. It is important to gently introduce the brush into your pet's mouth, taking extra care to focus on the outer rather than the inner teeth. It's also important to use a toothbrush and toothpaste designed with your pet in mind.
Why do my cat and dog need professional cleaning?
There are no substitutes for professional cleanings. We perform ultrasonic scaling and teeth polishing, when necessary, under an anesthetic. Ultrasonic scale removes tartar from your pet's teeth using vibrations. The device works by gently removing buildup, even beneath the gum line, while your cat and dog's tooth enamel isn't impacted. To book your pet's next appointment, please contact us at 709-256-3891.
What happens if my pet doesn't have regular cleanings?
Regular dental care will help you and your pet avoid unnecessary pain and discomfort from unhealthy dental conditions. Conditions we often see in dogs and cats include:
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Fractured teeth
- Loss of teeth