The Importance of Pet Dental Cleaning
Pet dental cleaning is an important part of your pet’s overall health. Periodontal disease is the most common dental disease in both cats and dogs. By the time your pet is 3 years old, it’s likely that your pet will some early signs of periodontal disease. Without a pet dental cleaning, it will only get worse. Periodontal disease can cause pain for your pet along with several other problems like infections and liver, kidney and heart problems. It all starts out with plaque that hardens into tartar. It often occurs both above and below the gum line.
Often, pets are anesthetized for a pet dental cleaning. This is because they often react by moving, biting or trying to escape. Unlike humans, animals don’t understand what is happening and are easily frightened by the procedure. Anesthesia removes the stress for pets. The risks are extremely low, and most pets just experience some degree of drowsiness afterward. During a pet dental cleaning, plaque and tartar are scaled off, and the teeth are polished to remove rough spots in order to reduce the likelihood of plaque formation. Fluoride foam is applied to the teeth for about two minutes. Then, the mouth is rinsed, and your pet is allowed to wake up.
Some pets need a professional pet dental cleaning every few years, while others who are more prone to tartar buildup may need a dental cleaning every 12 to 18 months to keep the teeth and gums healthy. If tartar and plaque remain too long, it can cause bad breath and result in an infection that may need a tooth extraction.
What can you do to keep your pet’s mouth healthy? The answer is daily tooth brushing at home, chew toys that remove plaque and tartar and regular pet dental cleaning.
Pet Dental Care at Radford Animal Hospital
Our Fairlawn animal hospital offers a complete suite of pet dental care services. We’re located in Radford right off of Lee Highway and service patients throughout Fairlawn, Blacksburg, New River Valley and Christiansburg. Our animal hospital is fully equipped for dental X-rays, teeth cleaning, extractions and oral surgeries. Our expert team of veterinary professionals bring you the best pet dental care. As a matter of fact, veterinarian Mark Newman holds a Canine-Feline Diplomat from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and is one of only 10 veterinarians in the state to hold that award.
At Radford Animal Hospital, we treat your furry four-legged companion just like a part of the family and welcome them with open paws. Ensuring good health in your pet with pet dental care is our focus.