Dental Health Care for Pets Starts at Home

The most common form of dental disease in pets, periodontal disease affects most pets over the age of three. Prevention and early detection are crucial, because periodontal disease can lead to more advanced health complications affecting vital organs, such as the liver, kidneys, and heart.

Regular pet dental exams

During your pet’s regular preventive health care exam, which should occur at least once per year, our team will thoroughly examine your pet’s mouth and check for broken, missing, or cracked teeth; tartar and plaque accumulation; gingivitis and gum recession; tumors; and signs of infection. Based on that exam, we may recommend a professional dental cleaning.

Professional pet dental cleanings

In order to thoroughly clean your pet’s teeth, including beneath the gum line (where the majority of tartar, plaque, and bacteria accumulate), and obtain dental X-rays, we will place her under anesthesia. The anesthesia also prevents your pet from feeling pain and discomfort during the procedure, so she can rest comfortably while we clean her teeth.

You can prolong the time between your pet’s professional dental cleanings by providing regular dental care at home.

Taking care of your pet’s oral health at home

Here are a few techniques and products to help you maintain your pet’s oral health:

When searching for dental health products, ask our team for help, and always look for products approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). For a list of VOHC-approved products and treats, visit

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