Your pet's oral health is extremely important and maintaining it is imperative to their quality of life and longevity. Dental disease is alarmingly prevalent among dogs and cats over 3 years old, affecting roughly 80% of dogs and 70% of cats. Animal Care of Greenville offers expert cat and dog teeth cleaning services to keep plaque buildup under control and prevent harmful oral diseases. Only your veterinarian can properly examine your pet’s teeth and perform a thorough teeth cleaning to remove all traces of plaque and tartar.
Regular oral exams and teeth cleanings can save your pet from the pain and frustration of dental disease. Contact us to schedule a checkup today!
Where to Start with
Your Pet’s Dental Care
Ideally, your pet’s dental care should begin at home with daily teeth brushing, dental chews/treats, and other supplements to maximize their oral health and hygiene. Starting their treatment when they’re young will make the process easier for you and your pet as time goes on, and they’ll be much happier and healthier as a result!
You can begin by helping your puppy or kitten grow accustomed to having their mouth handled, and rewarding them for good behavior. Eventually, you should be able to gently brush along their gum line with a pet toothbrush on a daily basis. But if you find you need help, our team in Greenville, NC is always happy to provide a demonstration.
Why Professional Cat and Dog Teeth Cleanings are Important
While brushing your pet’s teeth plays a big role in slowing plaque and tartar buildup, it doesn’t prevent this build-up completely. What’s more, you won't be able to know what’s going on below your pet’s gum line, where most dental problems are found. This is where routine oral exams are important. Your veterinarian will be able to spot the subtle signs and let you know if a teeth cleaning under anesthesia is warranted.
What the Teeth Cleaning Involves
While your pet is under anesthesia for their procedure, we can:
- Perform digital dental X-rays to check for damage under the gum line
- Probe the pockets around the teeth for signs of infection
- Painstakingly clean each tooth to remove plaque, tartar, and/or calculus (hardened tartar) both above and below the gum line
- Polish the tooth enamel to slow and minimize plaque buildup
- Extract any loose, broken, or decayed teeth that are likely causing your pet a lot of pain*
- Accurately chart any and all findings regarding your pet’s oral health
*We will notify you immediately if we find that any extractions will be necessary. Furthermore, we will provide the appropriate pain relief medications and send you home with oral medication to keep your pet comfortable while they heal.