Pet Dental Care is About More than Just Teeth
The condition of your pet’s mouth is a strong indicator for their overall health. When it comes to dental care, pets are often neglected. Yet just as you brush your teeth daily for oral health, so too, should you brush your pet’s teeth! Tartar can build-up on your pet’s teeth and cause dental disease, which results in more than mouth problems. If left untreated, the bacteria in Tartar can leak into your pet’s bloodstream and affect vital organs such as the kidneys, liver, or heart. At our Milpitas animal hospital, we champion preventive pet dental care as a primary way to fight dental disease by avoiding it altogether.
Our Preventive Dental Care Services
One of the best ways to prevent tartar build-up is to have your pet’s teeth regularly cleaned by trained veterinary staff. Our dental procedures target tartar both above and below the gumline, and our ability to take digital dental X-rays means we can identify any areas of concern and address them immediately.
A complete list of our services includes:
- Pre-anesthetic bloodwork and exam prior to the procedure
- A full dental exam
- Ultrasonic scaling (cleaning)
- Polishing of each tooth (to prevent tartar build-up in future)
- Extractions of broken or damaged teeth
- Digital x-rays for extractions and other severe cases
What You Can Do at Home
The responsibility of preventive pet dental care doesn’t just rest with us—you play an equally (if not more) important role! In addition to regular professional dental cleanings by our staff, your pet needs routine at-home care as well. The best technique for removing plaque and tartar is brushing with pet-friendly toothpaste and a brush every single day. However, we know that busy schedules and uncooperative pets can make the daily routine impossible. While we still strongly encourage brushing at least once or twice a week, we also recommend other options as well.
Our other at-home recommendations include
- Dental chews such as CET or Oravet
- Water additives
- Dry food over wet food
- Prescription dental diets
Interested in learning more about preventive pet dental care? Please contact us today!