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Dental disease occurs in pets, as it does in humans, when significant amounts of plaque and tartar build up on their teeth. The buildup is composed of food debris, bacteria and saliva. If dental plaque and tartar are left untreated gingivitis (red and inflamed gums) can occur which cause your pet difficulty eating, mouth pain, and you may notice bad breath. As a result of gum inflammation, bacteria can enter the bloodstream and harm other parts of the body including the heart, liver, and kidneys. We recommend brushing your dog’s teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush with pet toothpaste. Do not use human toothpaste, as they contain higher amounts of detergent and fluoride that may be toxic and cause stomach upset. There are also several treats, products, and prescription diets that are formulated to help reduce tartar and plaque buildup as well as help with gingivitis on your pet’s teeth.
Although brushing can significantly help your pet's dental health, professional dental cleanings are sometimes necessary. At Cedar Creek we have licensed technicians performing the dental cleanings on your pets. It entails anesthesia, charting the teeth, subgingival and full tooth scaling with an ultrasonic scaler, polishing, fluoride treatment, and sealant. Sometimes extraction of teeth is necessary if the tooth is compromised beyond repair. We have the capabilities to perform extractions and help your pet get the best care possible. Please contact us to consult more about professional dental cleanings for your pet.