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Dog teeth cleaning and dental exams are an important part of pet wellness care. Just like humans, dogs can suffer from periodontal disease, gingivitis, and oral bacterial infections. The majority of pets aged three and older suffer from periodontal disease. Sadly, if pets do not receive regular dental cleanings, it can be years before periodontal disease is detected. By this point, advanced stage oral health problems, including tooth loss and bacterial infections, may have occurred. The best way to prevent these serious oral problems is with regular pet dental cleanings.
Since your pet cannot brush his teeth after every meal, bacteria and plaque deposits naturally accumulate along your pet’s gum line. These deposits harden, forming tartar, which pushes away your pet’s gum line. This creates pockets of space in the gums that are susceptible to bacterial infections. Not only do these infections increase the risk for tooth loss, but also should the bacteria enter your pet’s blood stream, serious damage may occur to your pet’s internal organs. A regular dental cleaning is the best way to protect your pet’s oral health.
Prior to a dental cleaning, our pet dental care team at Thurman Veterinary Center will administer anesthesia. Anesthesia prevents your pet from squirming or otherwise moving during a dental exam. While our dental care team always uses a compassionate, gentle touch, we also understand that the process of cleaning a pet’s teeth can be very upsetting and stressful for pets. Anesthesia keeps pets from suddenly moving, which could endanger their safety and the safety of our dental care technicians. Placing your pet under anesthesia ensures that our dental care team is able to safely complete the cleaning. After we scrape away plaque and tartar build up from your pet’s gum line, our dental care team will then polish your pet’s teeth. A smooth, even surface will resist future bacteria build up.
Even with regular dental cleanings, at-home pet dental care is also important. Brushing your pet’s teeth at home is critical to reducing your pet’s risk for gum disease and other oral health problems. If you have never brushed your pet’s teeth before or your pet is resistant to brushing, talk to our veterinarian. Our dental care team is happy to demonstrate proper technique and offer tips to make the process go more smoothly for you and your pet.
A cat or dog teeth cleaning is more than simply a “bad breath” refresher – it’s an important part of wellness care. Just like an annual checkup and vaccination booster, an annual dental cleaning will help keep your pet healthy and active for life. Without dental care, your pet may suffer from swollen or bloody gums, missing teeth, difficulty eating or chewing, and other oral health problems that compromise your pet’s quality of life.
To learn more about the benefits of regular pet dental cleaning or to schedule a dog tooth cleaning, contact our Bakersfield pet dental care team at (661) 589-9900.
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