Oral health is so important for our pets. An unhealthy mouth, which is often characterized by tartar and plaque buildup or bad breath, may be a precursor for much more serious physical conditions like heart, liver, or kidney disease. Keeping your pet’s mouth clean and healthy can be the key to keeping those organs healthy as well.
When tartar and plaque buildup on the teeth, the toxins they contain often seep under the gum line and into the bloodstream, wreaking havoc on the organs that then filter the blood, including the liver, kidneys, and heart, especially. The best way to prevent this from happening is to keep your pet’s mouth clean. This is not always a one-man job, though! For many pets, professional pet dental cleanings are necessary once in a while to make sure that their mouths are truly clean. It shouldn’t come as a surprise: after all, humans need professional dental cleanings twice a year too!
When we conduct our routine physical examinations—once a year for adult pets, twice a year for seniors—we also examine the oral cavity as a part of our complete nose-to-tail check. If we find an excessive amount of tartar and plaque built up on the teeth, we will prescribe a professional dental cleaning for your pet.
Professional dentals are performed while your pet is safely anesthetized. We remove the buildup from the surface of teeth, as well as below the gum line, to ensure that your pet is getting back to a clean start. Some stains from buildup will be impossible to remove, but we do our best to ensure that the surface of the tooth is polished and smooth in order to deter more development of buildup.
Through the month of September, we are offering $85 off routine pet dentals, which includes a free full-body and dental examination, a complimentary nail trim, and a goodie bag for your companion. For more information about this offer, please let us know, and be sure to schedule your pet’s dental cleaning as soon as possible so you can enjoy this discount. Remember, this offer ends on September 30th!
Check out some of the before-and-after dental photos of patients who have received professional dentals from our team.
Once your pet’s professional dental care is complete, an at-home oral regimen is necessary to keep your pet’s mouth in tip-top shape. (If your pet had extractions, or has a particularly sore mouth from their dental care, we recommend waiting several weeks for them to heal before beginning an oral care regimen.)
We recommend the following options for at-home oral care:
If your pet is reluctant to accept any form of dental care, please ask our team for advice. We can always provide education and tips about proper oral care!
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