Pet Dental Care
A HEALTHY MOUTH MAKES A HAPPY PET
Did you know that 78% of dogs and 68% of cats over three have some form of dental disease? Dental disease is one of the most common diseases we see in pets throughout their lifetime. This is why professional teeth cleanings by our veterinarians plus at-home brushing are as crucial for your pet as it is for humans. We at Indian Creek Pet Hospital believe good dental hygiene is just as important for pets as it is for humans.
Pet Dental Care at Indian Creek Pet Hospital
We recommend regular oral examinations and dental cleanings as needed for all adult dogs and cats. During your pet’s wellness exam, we will visually examine your pet’s teeth and make appropriate dental health recommendations for you.
We have state-of-the-art equipment and the expertise to care for your pet’s dental needs. Digital dental radiography allows us to examine the tooth and bone under the gum line. Ultrasonic dental scalers and high and low-speed handpieces for drilling, cutting, and polishing allow us to clean and polish your pet’s teeth. This removes the plaque that can lead to gingivitis and, if left unchecked, infection around the tooth’s root. Plaque, which is a buildup of bacteria, will develop into periodontitis. Periodontitis are pockets of severe and painful infections within the mouth around the teeth and gum line. If not treated, it can lead to tooth decay and bone loss.
For us to properly care for your pet’s teeth, general anesthesia is used for all dental procedures. Using anesthesia for a dental procedure allows proper diagnosis and cleaning without any pain or discomfort to your pet. Please ask us if you have any questions or learn more about pet periodontal disease from the American Veterinary Dental College.
Signs of Oral and Dental Disease in Your Pet:
- Bad Breath
- Discoloration and/or buildup of tartar and plaque on teeth
- Loose or weak teeth
- Red, inflamed, irritated gums
- Bleeding in the mouth
- Senitive to touch around the mouth area
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Difficulty playing with chew toys
Please call us at (239) 466-5555 to schedule a dental exam if your pet is showing any of these symptoms.
Brushing your Pet’s Teeth at Home:
Brushing your pet’s teeth once a day at home to prevent plaque and tartar buildup is important. At-home cleaning should only take a few minutes each day. We will be happy to teach you how to brush your pet’s teeth at home. Just give us a call or ask us during your pet’s next wellness exam. For more information about pet dental care, you may wish to visit: