Fighting Dental Disease with Pet Dental Care
Bad breath and discolored teeth are not normal for our pets. In fact, these are primary indicators of dental disease, the most common clinical condition in cats and dogs. When t comes to pet dental care, brushing your pet's teeth every day might seem silly, consider what your teeth might look like if you didn't brush or floss twice daily!
Helping your pet avoid dental disease can also increase their lifespan. To show your pet how much you love them and care about their wellbeing, invest in a routine dental plan that includes at-home treatment and professional veterinary dentistry. At Animal Care Center of Downers Grove, we offer general pet dental care services designed to treat and prevent dental disease.
How We Clean Your Pet's Teeth
During your pet's yearly wellness visit, we will check their mouth for problems. This can include bad breath, loose, discolored teeth, and inflamed gums. We may recommend a teeth cleaning if your pet shows any of these symptoms, as this will halt the progression of dental disease and reduce tooth and gum damage in the future.
Our professional dental services involve the following steps:
- We begin with a pre-anesthetic exam and blood testing to check that your pet is healthy before their procedure.
- Digital dental X-rays may be needed to evaluate the teeth and surrounding bone for damage.
- When cleaning your pet's teeth, we use an ultrasonic scaling tool to blast away hardened tartar that has accumulated above and below the gum line. We will also check the pockets around your pet's teeth for signs of disease.
- If your pet has teeth that are loose, broken or decaying, we will extract them to prevent further infection and discomfort.
- Following extractions, we will take another set of X-rays to make sure no roots have been left behind.
*Our dog and cat wellness plans cover routine dental procedures and any associated blood work, IV fluids and pain medications. They do not cover extractions.
Home Dental Care Recommendations
There are several ways you can keep your pet's teeth clean at home. Daily brushing can effectively reduce plaque and tartar buildup, and keep your pet's breath fresh. If brushing isn't possible, you can include dental chews and a tartar control diet in their daily routine. Our team would be more than happy to offer guidance and additional pet dental care recommendations. You can reach out to us at any time or stop in for more information!
The entire staff is knowledgeable and helpful. They make the animals feel as comfortable as possible before and during the exams and they also make me feel comfortable, which is a huge difference from the vet we used to go to. Their understanding and compassion during the difficult times is impressive and very welcomed. I definitely recommend DGAC!! -Natalie I.