Dental care, including professional cleaning and digital x-rays, is an important part of your pet’s preventive care regimen. Annual dental exams help us assess possible plaque and tartar buildup, diagnose infections caused by dental disease, and prevent bad breath. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition seen by veterinarians; however, it is preventable with the right care.
Caring for your pet’s oral health begins at home with regular brushing. Brushing your pet’s teeth may require some practice but should become easier with time. We recommend using pet toothpaste, a soft bristled toothbrush, and circular motions at a 45-degree angle to best prevent plaque and gingivitis.
Another way to reduce tartar build up is to feed your pet a dry dog or cat food. Dry pet food produces friction when chewed, reducing the accumulation of plaque and tartar. Synthetic rawhide chew products, such as CET or Enzadent Chews, are also recommended for dogs.
During your pet’s wellness checkups, our veterinarians will evaluate your pet’s oral health and will work with you to develop a treatment plan.
During your pet’s dental visit, we will perform:
*Sanos® is a gingival dental sealant that is applied after every dental cleaning to protect the gum line and other hard to reach areas against the formation of plaque. Sanos® is clinically proven to last for up to 6 months with no additional application necessary.
If necessary, we are also able to perform tooth extractions and will work with a dental specialist to perform root canals.