Why Does My Pet Need a Dental Cleaning?

Just like in humans, oral health in pets is incredibly important for maintaining their overall wellbeing. The bacteria that grows on dirty teeth can travel to various organs in the body and cause sickness, especially heart disease. Dental cleanings are performed to remove this plaque and restore your pet’s teeth to a healthy condition.

The dental begins with an examination of your dog’s mouth to determine its individual treatment needs. Sometimes, the doctors have to take X-rays to check the jaw and tooth roots before beginning the procedure. They also run several blood tests to make sure that your pet is healthy and that the anesthesia will not harm it. Next, they place the dog under anesthesia to prevent fear or discomfort. The plaque is removed from the teeth and under the gum line, then the teeth are polished to smooth the tooth surface and discourage the development of more plaque. Lastly, fluoride is rubbed onto the teeth to strengthen them and help slow future damage.

This cleaning process helps to prevent or repair gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and bad breath, as well as prevent tooth decay and loss.

If your pet has bad breath, red and/or swollen gums, yellow/brown teeth or teeth missing, it may be time to consider a dental procedure to restore the condition of their mouth and improve their long term health. Call the Northside Animal Clinic for a cost estimate and schedule your pet’s dental today!

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