Dental care for pets is more than just fresh breath and a bright smile. Like us, our pet’s oral health is interwoven with overall health. In fact, poor dental hygiene has been linked to diseases affecting the heart, kidneys, and liver. That is why keeping tartar, plaque, and bacteria from developing is so important.

The team at Animal Medical Center is here to help you take good care of your pet’s teeth. During your pet’s annual wellness appointment, we conduct a thorough dental exam and assess for the presence of dental disease. In some cases, we may recommend professional cleaning and digital x-rays.

Through dental cleaning, scaling, and polishing, we can be most effective in removing plaque and tartar, as well as harmful bacteria. X-rays allow us to also see what’s happening below the gum line and within the structure of the mouth.

Dogs teethAt-Home Pet Dental Care

Did you know that it’s important to brush your pet’s teeth? Yes. Tooth brushing goes a long way in preventing periodontal disease. Along with a nutritious diet, tooth brushing should be a part of your pet’s at-home care.

We are happy to help instruct you on easy, effective ways to begin easing your pet into tooth brushing. As an AAHA accredited practice, we follow their guidelines for optimal dental care and veterinary dentistry.

Recognizing the Signs of Pet Dental Disease

  • Pawing at face or mouth
  • Foul smelling breath
  • Swelling or bleeding along the gum line
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Loose or broken teeth

Dental disease can be painful for pets, so if you notice any of these signs please call us for an examination.