Include Dental Care in Your Pet's Daily Routine
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Dogs and cats are living longer, healthier lives than their ancestors, thanks to routine checkups, vaccinations, and dental care. Dental care is important for your pet because it helps prevent cavities, gingivitis, and dental disease, a serious infection that can travel from the mouth to the heart, liver, and kidneys. At Center Hill Animal Clinic, we’re dedicated to helping pet parents understand the lasting benefits of regular dental care and offering professional treatment with our state-of-the-art dental equipment.
Does Brushing Your Pet's Teeth Really Help?
Teeth brushing isn’t just for people—pets can also benefit from this practice. In fact, we recommend starting your puppy or kitten out on brushing at a young age so they can get used to it. As plaque builds up on your pet’s teeth, it can eventually harden into tartar, which can’t be brushed away. Therefore, it’s important to brush their teeth and gums every day to prevent plaque buildup and tartar formation.
Need help establishing a dental care routine for your pet?
Get in touch with our team and we’ll be happy to help you!
If Your Pet Needs Professional Care
Dr. Scotchie Davis and Dr. Tim Fleming can provide an array of dental services, including:
- A complete oral exam where we check for loose teeth, deep pockets, broken teeth, discoloration, and other signs of decay
- Digital X-rays that show us your pet’s oral cavity in its entirety, including the teeth, roots, and jaw bone so we can better detect signs of dental disease and other underlying problems
- Extractions to remove broken, loose, or infected teeth
- A full cleaning that involves scaling the teeth to remove tartar above and below the gum line
- Polishing the surfaces of the teeth to delay future plaque buildup
- Rinsing away plaque and tartar debris and checking the teeth and gums once more
Knowing If Your Pet is at Risk for Dental Disease
If your pet isn’t having their teeth brushed or getting their mouth checked at least once a year, it’s likely that they have some form of dental disease.
Clinical signs include:
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Swollen red gums
- Brown/yellow residue on the teeth
- Heavy drooling
- Difficulty holding onto food
- Pawing at the mouth
- Swelling under the eyes
- Weight loss
Call us at (662) 895-8387 if you're noticing any of these signs in your pet. We can help to reverse the effects of dental disease and enhance their quality of life.