Preventive dental care is an important part of your pet’s wellness care, and our professional dental treatments will help keep your pet’s teeth clean and prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease. Our veterinarians will perform a preliminary dental examination during your dog’s or cat’s annual or bi-annual wellness exam. If he or she recommends a comprehensive professional dental exam and cleaning, it will include a thorough cleaning via ultrasonic scaling, along with polishing and probing around each tooth for periodontal pockets. Dental radiographs, root planning, extractions, and additional treatments may also be performed if determined to be necessary by your pet’s veterinarian.
In addition to comprehensive dental exams here at Family Pet, at-home dental care can prevent plaque and tartar build-up on your pet's teeth, preventing the onset of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a serious infection that can damage your pet’s teeth and gums, and even cause infection and additional health problems. The following symptoms are indicators that your pet may have periodontal disease:
- Discomfort while chewing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Pawing at the mouth
- Inflamed or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
At-Home Pet Dental Care
Caring for your pet's teeth at home is an important preventive measure that ensures good oral hygiene. At your pet’s next exam, we can show you how to care for and brush your pet's teeth at home. Our staff can also provide you with recommendations for specialty pet foods and treats that promote good oral health.