Pet Dental Care An Underrated Necessity
While dental care is essential to your pet's overall health, it can be challenging to implement a routine. Without a proper dental plan, minor oral issues can progress into advanced and hard-to-treat illnesses. At Animal Medical Center of Austin, our goal is to make it easy for pets to avoid gingivitis, dental disease, and tooth loss by providing affordable and all-encompassing pet dental care services.
Why Your Pet Needs a Dental Exam
Not sure if your pet needs a dental checkup? Look for these signs, which indicate not just poor oral hygiene, but also poor health:
- Bad breath
- Red and swollen gums
- Excessive drooling
- Dropping food while eating (could indicate oral pain)
- Yellow/brown buildup on the teeth
- Pawing at mouth
- Change in behavior (sleeping more often, reluctant to play with chew toys)
- Decreased appetite, weight loss
Scheduling a Teeth Cleaning
If you notice any of the signs listed above, give us a call at (512) 832-4119 to schedule an appointment. To show how much we believe in the power of preventive care, your pet’s first dental consultation is free. After we examine your pet, we will offer a price estimate and help you schedule their dental procedure.
Our Pet Teeth Cleaning Services
Pets must be placed under anesthesia for their dental cleaning, which involves:
- Scaling the teeth (above and below the gum line) to remove accumulated plaque and tartar.
- A complete dental exam of all the teeth, complete with dental radiographs from our digital dental unit (DDU) to examine tooth roots, presence of abscesses, bone loss, and other issues under the gum line.
- Polishing the teeth to smooth rough enamel surfaces.
- Applying tooth sealants after we clean and polish your pet’s teeth.
At-Home Dental Care
The first rule of at-home pet dental care is to start your pet on a routine as early as possible. Puppies and kittens can adjust to daily dental treatments quickly, making it easier for them and for you!
Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best treatment to implement because it prevents plaque and bacteria buildup and reduces the potential for dental disease. If brushing proves difficult, there are other options available, from oral wipes and dental chews to rinses and tartar control diets. Ask us for recommendations!