Did you know that dental disease is the single most common disease in pets? About 80% of dogs and cats have some form of dental disease by the time they are 3 years old. This disease not only affects their oral health, but can affect their systemic health as well—not to mention it’s a painful disease! At Pennsylvania Veterinary Care, we aim to reduce the frequency of dental disease in Lansing, MI with proactive dental care services for dogs and cats. We recommend routine cat and dog teeth cleaning as well as an effective at-home regimen.
Dental Disease’s Many Problems
Dental disease has the potential to put your pet’s whole health at risk. If left untreated, bacteria from dental disease can move beyond the mouth and affect your pet’s heart, liver, and kidneys, in addition to causing oral problems like gingivitis, periodontal disease, and damaged teeth. Prevention is the best method of treating dental disease—it saves your pet the pain of inflamed gums and damaged teeth and saves you the costs of oral surgery to remove diseased teeth, too!
How You Can Help Prevent Dental Disease in Dogs & Cats
As a pet parent, you play an essential role in helping to curb dental disease. With an effective at-home regimen, you’ll prevent plaque and tartar build-up, preserve fresh breath, and be able to extend your pet’s time between professional cleanings.
Here’s what you can do at home:
- Brush your pet’s teeth
- Add dental chews and dental treats to your pet’s diet
- Use water additives and oral rinses
- Give your pet dental toys to play with
- Put your pet on a tartar control diet (talk to your veterinarian for a prescription)
- Visit the vet for regular check-ups and teeth cleanings
Our Professional Teeth Cleaning Services
General anesthesia is essential for your pet’s safety and comfort during a teeth cleaning procedure. Rest assured, we take all the safety precautions we can to ensure your pet’s health throughout the procedure. Using general anesthesia also helps us perform a more thorough evaluation of your pet’s teeth, and it allows us to clean plaque and tartar on teeth below the gum line, which is where dental disease usually begins.
A teeth cleaning procedure often includes:
- Digital dental X-rays and an oral exam to assess tooth and gum health
- An evaluation to check for signs of disease progression
- Ultrasonic and hand scaling that removes plaque and tartar both above and below the gum line
- Polishing of each tooth’s enamel to smooth the surface and reduce future tartar buildup
- Extractions of damaged teeth, if necessary*
*We’ll ask your permission before we perform any extractions. Your pet will also receive effective pain management so they experience minimal discomfort.