Dental disease is one of the most prevalent diseases in dogs and cats. In most cases, it is also one of the most preventable diseases. Maintaining optimum oral health aids in tooth retention ensures the ability to continue good nutrition throughout life which contributes greatly to overall health and well-being. Just as in the human dental field, companion animal dental hygiene requires attention to diet and daily care.
What types of canine dental care services are offered at your hospital?
Our veterinary dental care includes routine dental exams, dental cleaning and polishing under a general anesthetic, digital dental x-rays and dental surgery.
How often should I brush my dog’s teeth?
Ideally, we recommend daily brushing. However, we realize this is not always possible depending on your lifestyle and your dog’s temperament. In addition to regular brushing, there are other products available such as dental diets, dental treats, mouth sprays and water additives that help slow down or stop the progression of dental disease. It is essential to start brushing your dog’s when they are a puppy to increase your chances of success.
Why is oral and dental health important?
Good oral hygiene is an essential part of your dog’s overall health. Maintaining your dog’s oral can reduce your dog’s risk of developing oral infections, bone loss, tooth root abscesses and systemic diseases that affect the heart and kidneys.