Oral Hygiene & Dental Care Are Critical to Your Petís Overall Health
Regular professional dental cleaning is important to maintain your petís teeth. Routine pet dental check-ups can prevent problems ranging from plaque build-up to periodontal disease, a serious (but often underdiagnosed) cause of major systemic disease in our companion animals.
It is important to perform a complete oral exam to fully diagnose any pet dental conditions and recommend proper treatment. Often this involves a dental cleaning, as there may be several different stages of periodontal disease present. At Sacramento Animal Hospital, we perform all routine veterinary dentistry services and extractions, and we also offer referral to specialized veterinary dental practices for advanced care.
We use modern and safe ultrasonic scalers to clean each tooth thoroughly (above and below the gum line) during the cleaning process. Our pet dental technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque build-up. Fluoride treatments also may be suggested to help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity, and advanced dental care is available by referral, including root canals, caps, and braces.
Prevent Dental Disease in Your Pet
We recommend a three-step process for the prevention of dental disease in your pet:
- At-home careóYour petís dental care begins with you. Simple steps such as maintaining a regular teeth cleaning schedule and purchasing quality pet foods, treats, and chew toys can all assist in your petís dental well-being.
- Regularly scheduled veterinary examsóPrevention is the best course of action when it comes to pet dental care. This is why it is so important to schedule regular visits to ensure your pet receives routine examination of teeth, gums, and mouth as part of an annual wellness exam.
- Yearly teeth cleaningóBecause pets age quicker than people do, a yearly dental cleaning becomes crucial, as it is the equivalent of humans only seeing a dentist every 5Ė7 years! Since periodontal disease can affect so many vital organ systems, routine pet dental cleaning is often one of the most important things you can do to extend the quality of your petís life.