Veterinary Dentistry: More Than a Pretty Smile
Pet dental care is a critical, often overlooked part of regular animal health care. Routine cleanings are needed to maintain the overall wellbeing of your pet. Additionally, a pet with dental disease is not only in pain, but also is also at risk of developing serious diseases of the entire body. PawSteps Veterinary Center is pleased to provide routine care of your pet’s teeth and to treat diseases of the mouth, gums, and teeth.
At-Home Pet Dental Health
We recommend preventive dental care for all dogs and cats. Our veterinary team is pleased to teach you how to brush and maintain your pet’s teeth. Your pet can be taught at an early age to accept brushing, which dramatically decreases the accumulation of plaque and helps your pet maintain a healthy mouth, teeth, and gums.
In addition, brushing your pet’s teeth several times per week will allow you to check his or her mouth for early signs of dental problems. Oral problems that are identified early and treated rapidly often resolve much more quickly than disease processes that are not swiftly handled.
In-Hospital Pet Dentistry
In addition to home care, your pet needs routine dental services at the PawSteps Veterinary Center.
- Oral examinations—At your pet’s annual well-care visit, our veterinarian will check for plaque buildup and any signs of disease in your pet’s mouth. You will be advised on whether additional dentistry is needed.
- Dental radiographs—If needed, professional dental X-rays are taken using digital equipment. Similar to humans, disease and infection can hide below the gum line causing larger health issues that can only be revealed by using X-ray technology.
- Prophylactic cleaning—Anesthetized dental cleaning is offered using state-of-the-art dental equipment. This thorough cleaning and polishing procedure is performed under general anesthesia to prevent oral problems such as gingivitis and tooth loss.
- Advanced dental treatments—Pets suffering from oral problems, such as loose teeth, abscesses, or mouth disease may require more advanced treatments, including extractions or periodontal therapy. Our veterinarian will alert you of any necessary action that needs to be taken.
Keeping your pet’s teeth healthy will not only provide him or her with a pretty "smile," it will also promote excellent overall health. If you have any questions, please contact the knowledgeable staff of PawSteps Veterinary Center.