Dental care is extremely important for your pet. Imagine how it would feel if you never brushed your teeth or visited the dentist. Plaque and tartar build-up on your pet's teeth which can lead to gingivitis. Regular dental cleanings at Crossroads Animal Hospital will remove plaque and tartar buildup to prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Reddened, bleeding gums, difficulty chewing and bad breath are all signs of gingivitis. Untreated gingivitis can progress to a more advanced form of periodontal disease, a bacterial infection that, if left untreated, can cause the loss of teeth. The same bacteria causing gingivitis and periodontal disease can be carried into the blood stream and cause damage to your pet's kidneys, heart, liver and other organs. Dental disease can be painful for your pet as well.
An annual dental exam and professional scaling and polishing when needed is recommended to maintain your pet’s healthy teeth and gums. Our preventative dental care treatment includes complete ultrasonic scaling, root planning and polishing. We place your pet under anesthesia and perform a comprehensive oral examination. We examine individual teeth for mobility, fractures, malocclusion and periodontal disease. We remove plaque and tartar using hand instruments and power scaling equipment. We give your pet’s teeth a thorough ultrasonic cleaning and polishing. After professional cleaning, your pet’s mouth with be healthier and pain free.
Home dental care is important! Our staff will show you how to brush your pet's teeth at home to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. This is an excellent way to prevent plaque and tartar build-up and promote good oral hygiene. Brushing your pet’s teeth at the same time each day with a pet toothpaste (do not use human toothpaste) and a brushing device (toothbrush, finger brush, gauze on your finger, etc.) is the most effective means of removing plaque from your pet’s teeth. If you have any questions on how to brush your pet’s teeth, please give us a call.
If your pet shows any of the following symptoms, please call us to schedule an appointment as your pet may be suffering from painful dental disease:
If you think your dog or cat exhibits any of these symptoms, please call us at your earliest convenience to arrange for a dental exam for your pet.