The Key To A Healthy Pet is a Clean, Healthy Mouth
Does your pet’s breath make you wrinkle your nose? You might think it’s just the food they eat, but it could also be a sign of poor oral health (and hygiene). Consistent, lifelong dental care is essential for keeping your pet healthy and preventing the development of gingivitis or gum disease. These inflammatory conditions can quickly turn severe and affect the internal organs.
Our Yorkville veterinary team works hard to provide our patients with the highest level of pet dental care the area can offer. We’re also committed to educating owners in the most effective dental practices. Caring for your pet’s teeth at home can go a long way towards enhancing their quality of life.
Our Pet Dental Care Services
If you are unable to implement at-home dental practices for your pet, we can help! Below are our primary dental services, which we can utilize to treat acute conditions and prevent future problems.
- Oral exams – During your pet’s routine checkup, we will assess their oral health. A physical exam will not tell us everything about the overall condition of your pet’s oral cavity, but it can let us know whether a cleaning procedure will be necessary.
- Cleaning – One of our veterinary technicians will use an ultrasonic scaler to remove stubborn tartar from the tooth surface.
- Polishing – Involves smoothing the surface of each tooth to reduce future plaque buildup.
- Digital dental X-rays – We highly recommend dental X-rays, especially if your pet has swollen gums or loose, missing or fractured teeth. This procedure can also alert us to other issues below the gum line, inside the teeth themselves, and in the surrounding bone. Anything we can’t detect with the naked eye will likely be captured with digital X-rays.
- Extractions – If your pet has loose, broken, decaying or fractured teeth, we will need to extract them.
- Fluoride treatment – After polishing the teeth, we apply fluoride to further prevent plaque and tartar buildup.
Maintaining Your Pet’s Pearly Whites at Home
We advise brushing your pet’s teeth at least once a day. It is best to begin brushing their teeth when they are still young, to help them grow comfortable with the practice. If this proves difficult, we can provide you with supplemental oral care products to delay plaque buildup and prevent the onset of gum disease.
If your pet is drooling excessively, having trouble holding onto their food, has discolored or broken teeth or red, swollen gums, call us at (630) 882-6060 to schedule a consultation.