Dental care is vital to the overall health of any animal. Dental disease leads to health issues with the heart, liver, and kidneys, and can affect the entire body through the bloodstream. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over three years of age suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common pet health issue among our pet population.
In spite of these disturbing facts, many pet owners are not aware of the importance of dental care to their pet’s health. There are a lot of different ways to improve your pet’s dental hygiene, including home brushing, dental chews, and regular inspection.
The most effective way to protect your pet from dental disease is through professional cleanings. We perform thorough cleanings, including the area beneath the gums that you can’t see or access at home.
If your pet has brown/yellow teeth, bad breath, or is having difficulty eating, these could all be signs of dental disease.
This dental cleaning was performed on a 4 year old golden-doodle. You can see the thick dental calculus that has accumulated along the gum-line especially on the upper arcades. There is a thin red line of gingivitis around the majority of the teeth. This gingivitis is reversible if caught early. The “after” picture shows how beautifully this mouth cleaned up and this pet will be much healthier (and less painful!) going forward.