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Does Your Pet Have a Dirty Mouth?

Let’s Clean It Up During Dental Month!


Dental Disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats. Over 68% of all pets over the age of three have some form of periodontal or dental disease. Most pets will not show signs that their teeth are bothering them until it becomes a serious problem. Prevention is the key to avoiding this disease!

Periodontal disease is a term used to describe inflammation or infection of the tissue surrounding the tooth. Accumulation of tartar and calculus on the teeth contributes to gum recession, inflammation, and infection; which left untreated may eventually cause the tooth to become loose. Regular scheduled dental cleanings by your veterinarian will help prolong the oral health of your pet.

There are steps that you, the pet owner, can do to help with the prevention of this condition:

  • Brushing your pet’s teeth on a regular basis is the best way to reduce plaque and gingivitis. Be sure to use toothpaste designed for animals!
  • If brushing is not an option, then the natural chewing motion will help as well. Feeding your pet a dry kibble-type diet or a dental diet (such as Hill’s t/d) is a great tool for helping to scrape the plaque off of the teeth as the pet chews. Another great product is the CET Hextra chews. These chews are formulated with chlorhexidine, which will help to decrease bacteria in the mouth that causes plaque and tartar to form.
  • Oral rinses can be used on a daily basis to help reduce bacteria as well. CET Oral Rinse contains the chlorhexidine solution. A small amount of the rinse is squeezed into your pet’s mouth and is dispersed around the teeth by the saliva.
  • Another great and easy oral hygiene tool is the chlorhexidine water additive. CET Aquadent is added to the animals’ daily fresh supply of water. This solution is colorless, odorless, and tasteless when diluted properly. Aquadent works great for those animals that don’t cooperate with having their owner’s fingers in their mouth.

All of the above products are great tools for the prevention of oral disease, but will not remove the accumulated tartar that is already present. This needs to be removed by a professional dental cleaning with your veterinarian. We will perform pre-anesthetic blood work prior to the procedure to make sure your pet is healthy. Next, your pet will be given sedation followed by anesthesia. This will allow us to fully examine your pets’ mouth and check for any oral disease or pockets around the teeth. The teeth will then be scaled using our ultrasonic scaler, and then polished. A fluoride treatment will be applied once the teeth are clean. Any invasive tooth extractions or dental radiographs will be performed at the veterinarian’s discretion. A certified veterinary technician will be monitoring your pets’ vitals during then entire procedure. Your pet will go home the same day as the dental cleaning, eager to show you their clean pearly whites!

Make an appointment today for your pet’s dental examination! We will help you to choose the best oral care for your pet!


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