Dental Care for Dogs
Nearly 85 percent of dogs ages 3 and older have symptoms of dental disease. Many of those dogs will never receive any home dental care, and the condition of their teeth will worsen every year for the rest of their lives. Just like humans, dogs get tartar buildup and gum disease too. The only difference is dogs don’t brush their teeth, that’s where YOU can help. Regular teeth brushing, and annual dental cleanings help prevent severe dental disease which can lead to other serious health issues such as chronic pain, infections, heart, liver and kidney disease.
What types of dental care for dogs do you offer at your clinic?
We offer the following procedures:
- Routine Dental Prophylaxis
- Digital Dental Radiographs
- Extractions, including Surgical Extractions
- Endodontics (Root Canals)
- Dental Surgeries
- Treatment of Periodontal Disease
- Oral Cancer Surgery
- Retained Deciduous Tooth Extraction
- Gingivectomy for Gingival Hyperplasia
- Complimentary Teeth Brushing/Home Care Consultation with our technicians.
How often should you brush your dog’s teeth? What can you do if you can’t brush?
Ultimately, you need to brush your dog’s teeth every day, but realistically, you’re better than most pet owners if you can brush them once or twice a week. Frequent brushing gets your dog used to the brushing routine and to the idea of having his/her mouth handled by you. Regular inspection of your pet’s mouth will also alert you to problems earlier.
There are numerous home care products available that claim to help keep your pet’s mouth clean. The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) evaluates and will grant products the VOHC seal when the product performs to reduce plaque and or tarter. Look for this seal when choosing a product or consult one of our team. Barring any special diet restrictions, dental food is often a great option to help your pet with daily dental care.
Why is oral and dental health important?
Good dental care, both at home and from a professional, is a big part of keeping your dog healthy. With some patience and dedication, it can easily become a part of your lifestyle. The consequences of leaving dental disease untreated include:
- Oral pain and infection
- Loss of teeth
- Potential infection of major body organs
- Diminished quality of life