Do dogs need their teeth cleaned?
When you think about oral hygiene for your pup you may wonder 'Do dogs need dental cleaning?'. The answer to this question is yes. A dental cleaning for your dog can include a thorough dental examination, teeth cleaning, and polishing to remove the tartar and periodontal disease-causing plaque. This will need to be done while your dog is under general anesthesia.
Once anesthetized, your Oak Glen Animal Hospital vets with the help of their veterinary assistants will examine the mouth of your dog, noting any abnormalities. A dental probe will be used to evaluate gum bleeding and periodontal pockets where food can accumulate and decay if not properly cared for.
When periodontal disease is advanced, it may not be possible to save the badly affected teeth, which may need to be extracted either during the procedure or at a later time.
When should I get my dog's teeth cleaned?
It is recommended that you get your dog's teeth cleaned once a year, although it varies from dog to dog. Certain dog breeds require more dental cleanings, so be sure to ask your Oak Glen Animal Hospital vets if your dog needs more cleanings.
During a dental cleaning service, your pet will be put under anesthesia for your dog's safety and the safety of the staff. The vet will conduct X-rays first to see if there are any underlying issues.
How to Tell When Your Dog Needs a Dental Cleaning
An easy way to tell if your dog needs a teeth cleaning is just by looking at their teeth. A dog's teeth will show a buildup of plaque. If you notice some plaque buildup or gingivitis in your dog's mouth, it's probably time for a dental cleaning.
These issues will only get worse if they aren't addressed early on, and they can lead to serious dental issues and sensitivity for your dog.
Signs of Dental Problems in Dogs
- Bad breath (Halitosis)
- Discolored or yellowing teeth
- Receding and/or bleeding gums (gingivitis)
- Drooling (more than average)
- Loose or missing teeth
- Poor appetite
- Sneezing and nasal discharge (from an abscess that breaks into the nasal passages)
Where can I get my dog's teeth cleaned?
The best thing you can do is brush your dog's teeth at home frequently! The more the better but if you can get in two or three brushings per week you will be in good shape. The more you brush your dog's teeth, the more they become used to it and it becomes easier to do daily.
If you need to be shown how to brush your pet’s teeth feel free to contact Yucaipa vets and we will get you started in the right direction.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.