Dental Care is one of the most important parts maintaining your pet’s overall health. A healthy mouth does more than just prevent bad breath. Proper dental care is essential in preventing periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is caused by the buildup of bacteria and plaque on your pet’s teeth and gums. It can separate the gums from the teeth, forming pockets which results in more bacterial growth leading to severe inflammation of the gums, gum recession, alveolar bone loss and loose teeth. As the disease progresses, the bacteria can travel through the blood and damage the heart, liver and kidneys. Regular dental cleanings can prevent the spread of periodontal disease and keep your pet healthy.
Dental care begins at home with regular brushing. But to perform good home care, you need to start with clean teeth. Brushing will remove plaque but not tartar. The tartar must be removed in a professional veterinary dental cleaning.
Regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet’s teeth. We use ultrasonic scaling to clean each tooth thoroughly-above and below the gum line. The teeth are then polished to create a smooth surface more resistant to plaque build-up and fluoride treatments help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.
The doctors of Willowbrook Veterinary Clinic would be happy to discuss the dental health of your pet. This can include an explanation of how to brush your pet’s teeth, an evaluation of your pet’s oral cavity and a discussion of a professional cleaning if needed.