If you own a dog, you probably understand the significance of maintaining a regular dental care routine for their overall well-being. This includes scheduling dental cleanings. In Goleta, our veterinarians discuss when and why you should schedule dental cleanings for your dog and provide insights into recognizing signs that indicate it's time for professional dental care.
Do dogs need their teeth cleaned?
You might question whether dogs require dental cleaning, and the answer is a resounding yes!
A dental cleaning for your dog encompasses a comprehensive dental examination, teeth cleaning, and polishing to eliminate tartar and plaque that can lead to periodontal disease. This procedure must be carried out while your dog is under general anesthesia.
While your dog is anesthetized, our Goleta Airport Pet Hospital veterinarians and their veterinary assistants will inspect your dog's mouth, identifying any abnormalities. A dental probe will be employed to assess gum bleeding and periodontal pockets where food can accumulate and decay if not properly managed.
In cases where periodontal disease has progressed significantly, it may be impossible to salvage severely affected teeth, necessitating extraction 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 Goleta Airport Pet 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
You can easily determine if your dog requires teeth cleaning by examining their teeth. Look for signs of plaque buildup. If you observe any plaque accumulation or signs of gingivitis in your dog's mouth, it's time to schedule a dental cleaning.
Failure to address these problems promptly will result in their deterioration, potentially causing severe 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)
What You Can Do At Home
Brush your dog's teeth at home regularly for optimal results. Aim for at least two or three weekly brushings to maintain good oral hygiene. Consistent brushing helps your dog become accustomed to the routine, making daily brushing more manageable.
Where can I get my dog's teeth cleaned?
If you require guidance on how to brush your pet's teeth, don't hesitate to reach out to Goleta vets. We'll assist you in getting started promptly.
To book a professional teeth cleaning appointment for your dog, contact our team at Goleta Airport Pet Hospital. Like your yearly dentist checkup, your dog or cat should receive an annual dental examination from us. More frequent visits may be necessary for pets with a higher susceptibility to dental issues.
Our experienced veterinarians can evaluate, diagnose, and address dental health concerns in both cats and dogs.
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.