Just like humans, pets need their teeth cleaned regularly in order to prevent painful and dangerous outcomes like dental disease. Year-round dental care should be a preventative staple in your pet’s health plan. By age three, nearly 80% of dogs and cats are predicted to have dental disease. Your pet does not need to be one of them!
The veterinarians at Three Trails Animal Hospital, recommend annual dental assessments, which may be completed during a routine wellness exam. During a dental assessment, the veterinarian inspects the teeth and gums of your pet for troublesome signs including plaque and tartar build-up, tooth decay, and inflamed gums. Some signs of dental disease can easily be observed at home, including difficulty chewing, lack of appetite, excessive drooling, and most common – bad breath.
After completing a dental assessment, your veterinarian may recommend a professional dental cleaning. We recommend annual dental cleanings for our patients, similar to what the human dentist would recommend for you. During the dental cleaning, we remove plaque and tartar build-up from the enamel with an ultrasonic scaler.
All dental cleanings must be performed under general anesthesia. Why? Pets don’t understand the benefits of dental care, and can react by moving, trying to escape, or even biting. Anesthesia makes it possible for us to safely perform the dental cleaning with the least amount of pain or stress to your pet.
In cases of severe dental disease, surgical extractions may be necessary when a tooth is severely affected and causing your pet significant pain.
In between dental cleanings, we recommend a regular at-home dental routine, which can include brushing your pet’s teeth, however, we understand not all pets will remain still for this. There are a lot of other products available, including dental chews, dental toys, and dental rinses, that will be sufficient in between visits. If you need advice on a dental routine, consult with your veterinarian for recommendations.
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