Dental hygiene is as important for dogs as it is for human beings. Just like in people, dogs’ teeth can gather plaque after eating. When plaque builds up and hardens it becomes a coarse brown substance called tartar. As tartar accumulates it can work its way under the gums and cause painful infections and gum disease. This goes on in the mouths of dogs just like it does in people.
Working together for your pet’s dental health
Dental health is important for your pet’s overall health and well-being. Bad dental disease can lead to pain for your pet, malodorous breath, and has been linked to heart, liver and kidney problems. While brushing your pet’s teeth and dental chews and treats can help minimize dental disease it is important to get your pet’s mouth and teeth evaluated routinely. Just as in humans that even brush their teeth twice daily, dental plaque and gingivitis can occur.
Most owners agree that they are not brushing their pet’s teeth often enough or not at all. Routine dental cleanings are needed to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. You as the owner will appreciate your pet having improved breath when you want to pass out “kisses” and your pet will usually feel much better with clean teeth.
Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital offers the following pet dental services:
- Complete dental examinations
- Dental prophylaxis (dental cleanings) using hand scaling and ultrasonic cleaning methods.
- Digital dental x-rays for improved clearer images of teeth & bone.
- Tooth extractions and dental surgery if indicated.
- Fluoride treatment
- Dental bonding treatments for irregular or worn tooth surfaces
- Referral to dental specialists if root canals or other specialized treatments are needed.