Your pet’s teeth and gums are important to their overall health and wellbeing. Proper dental care will help your pet have healthy teeth and gums, and prevent infection in the rest of the body caused by oral bacteria. Along with preventative care and teeth cleanings, our dental services also include dental radiography, oral extractions, and oral surgery. A combination of professional veterinary dental services and at-home care is needed to maintain your pet’s optimal oral health.
No matter your pet’s age, good dental health begins with the first dental exam and continues with regular prevention and at-home care. Following your pet’s dental exam, we may recommend a professional teeth cleaning to prevent the pain and dangers of dental disease. This may include an anesthetic, scaling and polishing, and possible restorative dentistry.
Do not wait for these signs before beginning a preventive dental care program! Signs of dental disease include:
- Bad breath
- Excessive salivation
- Tooth loss
- Inflamed or bleeding gums
- Decreased appetite
- Pain while chewing
At Mobile Animal Clinic, we typically recommend yearly or bi-yearly dental exams and cleanings.
Your pet’s teeth are prone to disease just as your own teeth are. Over time, oral bacteria colonize on the teeth, forming plaque and tartar build-up that leads to gingivitis, tooth decay, and dental disease. Oral bacteria is also linked to infections of the upper respiratory tract, tonsillitis, pneumonia and even heart disease, all of which are life-threatening. Thankfully, many of these painful conditions are preventable when proper dental care begins at a young age and continues throughout your pet’s life.
Dental cleanings are performed under general anesthesia for the safety of your pet and our medical team.
More than half of your pet’s teeth are below the gum line, which means dental health cannot be fully assessed without dental radiography. This advanced imaging tool allows us to detect oral conditions such as jaw and tooth fractures, foreign objects, abnormal roots, tumors, cysts, abnormal roots, and dead teeth.
Our medical team is trained to perform routine extractions and major oral surgeries.
If your pet is suffering from dental disease or an oral condition, oral surgery may be needed. This will relieve your pet of any pain and discomfort they are experiencing. It will also protect your pet from further complications in the rest of the body caused by oral bacteria. Following oral surgery, we take dental radiographs to ensure total procedural success.
At-home dental care consists of a proper diet and regular brushing of your pet’s teeth.
Dry foods are the diet of choice for most pets. There are several prescription diet dog and cat foods available to reduce tarter and calculus formation on the teeth. At Mobile Animal Clinic, we carry Royal Canin Dental K-9 and Feline prescription diet food. The kibble texture and shape promotes a gentle effect on teeth during chewing to support plaque reduction. Treats such as dry biscuits, rawhide bones, and Nylabones can be used for dogs to encourage chewing which reduces tartar and calculus formation.
We recommend brushing your pet’s teeth daily or weekly to remove plaque and tartar accumulation. Most pets can be trained to tolerate tooth brushing, especially if the routine begins at a young age. Choose a quiet and calm place to brush your pet’s teeth and be gentle and patient. It may take time to get your pet used to the idea, but the benefits are enormous!
Please remember, human toothpaste can upset a pet’s stomach so only use pet-safe products. Apply a small amount of toothpaste to a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently brush the outer surfaces of the teeth. The inside surfaces of the teeth are usually cleaned fairly well by the tongue, however, some animals will need both the inner and outer surfaces cleaned. For pets that won’t accept a toothbrush, try wrapping a small piece of gauze around your finger.