Pets, like people, need help to maintain good oral health. Most people see their dentist twice annually, like clockwork, knowing it’s keeping their smile in good shape. In like manner, your pet needs annual dental checkups and cleanings to keep his pearly whites healthy and strong. At Amigo Animal Hospital, we offer comprehensive dental care services to pets in Westminster, CA, and nearby communities. Here’s what you should know about pet dental care.
The Importance of Routine Dental Care for Your Pet
Your pet’s pearly whites won’t stay healthy for long without regular dental care. Poor oral hygiene can lead to all kinds of dental issues with your pet, such as oral infections, bleeding gums, loose teeth and periodontal disease. Periodontal infections can even spread to your pet’s bloodstream and cause health problems as well.
Through routine dental checkups and cleanings, your pet can avoid problems that threaten his oral and overall health. Oral exams enable your Westminster, CA veterinarian to detect and manage dental problems while they are small and can be easily treated. Annual oral cleanings can prevent such issues as:
- Foul breath
- Plaque and tartar buildup
- Inflamed, bleeding gums
- Tooth abscesses
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
Pain-free Dental Care
At Amigo Animal Hospital, our exams and cleanings are done under anesthesia so your pet feels no discomfort or pain. Sedating your pet enables your Westminster veterinarian to conduct a thorough inspection of your pet’s mouth for signs of dental issues. We’ll also take x-rays to check your pet’s bone health under the gum line where periodontal disease often breeds. Afterwards, we’ll thoroughly clean your pet’s teeth to remove all plaque and tartar and leave them smooth and shiny.
Your pet needs strong, healthy teeth for eating, protection and play. Tooth and gum problems are not only painful for your pet, they make it difficult for him to eat. Over time, your pet may become weak and sickly due to not getting the nourishment he needs. Periodontal infections that spread to your pet’s bloodstream put him at risk of heart, liver and kidney problems. These problems and more can be prevented through diligent dental care.
Home Dental Care
In addition to professional cleaning, we recommend you brush your pet’s teeth at home at least several times a week. You can also purchase dental chews or toys that help keep your pet’s teeth and breath fresh and clean. By combining professional cleaning with good oral hygiene at home, your pet can look forward to a healthy mouth for years to come.
See Your Westminster, CA, Vet for Pet Dental Care
Need to schedule a dental exam and cleaning for your furry friend? Contact Amigo Animal Hospital in Westminster, CA, at (714) 894-5558.