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Brush Up on Pet Dental Care

Good dental and oral hygiene is imperative to your pet’s overall health. Left untreated, conditions such as gingivitis and periodontal disease can lead to pain, tooth loss, or even heart, liver, and kidney disease.

As a pet owner, it’s important to understand these conditions can be prevented. With regular exams, dental cleanings, and consistent at-home care, your pet’s mouth (and whole body) can be kept in peak condition. At Cats & Critters, we provide several services to support the oral health of your pet, including:

  • Comprehensive oral assessments
  • Dental cleanings
  • Tooth extractions
  • Tooth repair
  • Oral Surgeries (small mammal)

Digital Dental X-Rays

The majority of an animal’s tooth lies below the gum line, making it difficult to detect many potential problems. That’s why we use digital radiographs (x-rays) to capture the full picture of your pet’s oral health. In addition, digital x-rays provide superior images and decrease the amount of radiation to which your pet is exposed. They also deliver quicker, more reliable results, allowing us to see more and do more when it comes to your pet’s dental health.

Dental Cleanings

To ensure the safety and comfort of your pet, all cleanings are performed under general anesthesia. To begin, tartar and plaque is removed from the tooth’s surface and from beneath the gum line. After each tooth is thoroughly cleaned, we polish the surface using a special paste that slows the buildup of future plaque. Regular dental cleanings play a key role in preventive wellness. Please contact us to make sure your pet’s oral health remains on track.

Pain Management

While some dental procedures are generally painless and fairly easy, others may require a pain management plan. In these situations, we administer pain control in advance, using local anesthetic injections (nerve blocks) to prevent pain. If we anticipate your pet will experience any discomfort at home, we may also prescribe various analgesic medications.

At-Home Dental Care

While there are many ways to practice good dental care at home, one of the most effective things you can do is to brush your pet’s teeth. Daily brushing can prevent future pain and disease and can decrease the overall cost of pet dental care. For detailed instructions on how to begin tooth brushing, please refer to the links below.

How to Train Your Cat to Tolerate Teeth Brushing

On the Web

American Veterinary Medical Association:

Cornell University:

WebMD Pet Health Center:

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