Prioritizing Pet Dental Care
Your pet’s dental health is one of the most important parts of their overall health and well-being. Dogs and cats use their teeth for so many things: playing, eating, and protecting themselves, too. As such, they require dental care that keeps their teeth and gums healthy and pain-free — and counteracts bad breath! At Mendocino Animal Hospital, we offer safe, effective animal dentistry that helps prevent dental disease and other dental problems.
Be proactive with your pet's dental care!
Schedule a dental evaluation today.
Problems with Dental Disease
Dental disease (or periodontal disease) is the most common disease in dogs and cats, and it affects more than your pet’s mouth. With painful gums or loose, damaged teeth, pets can’t be their best selves. They cannot hold their favorite toys in their mouths or eat without pain, which affects their quality of life and your relationship with them, too. Additionally, if left untreated, pets with dental disease are more predisposed to heart, liver, and kidney disease. Early stages of disease are reversible with professional care, but later stages will require extractions or other costly, painful oral surgeries.
Yet, you can avoid the pain and cost of dental disease with preventive measures! We can show you how.
Our Professional Dental Procedures
All of our dental cleanings and procedures require general anesthesia. This is for your pet’s safety and comfort. Two-thirds of each of your pet’s teeth lie below the gum line, which would be impossible to clean with an awake animal. As an AAHA-accredited animal hospital, you can trust that we use the safest measures for every procedure. Here’s a step-by-step look at our oral hygiene procedures:
- Oral examination looking for periodontal pockets and other signs of disease
- Dental digital X-rays to evaluate dental health below the gum line
- Ultrasonic scaling of each tooth above and below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar
- Polishing of each tooth to reduce future tartar buildup
- Possible fluoride and sealants to further protect teeth from tartar
- Extractions, if needed, for severe cases of periodontal disease where teeth are damaged, loose, or broken
At-Home Dental Care
The best way to increase the time between your pet’s professional dental cleanings at our hospital is to brush their teeth every day. We know teeth brushing for dogs and cats can be a challenge, but our team can show you the best ways to get your pet used to the experience. We can also recommend other dental care products that can help reduce and remove plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. The home care products we recommend are those approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council, which you can see here.
These products include:
- Dental chews
- Water additives
- Dental wipes
- Prescription dental diets
- And more
Contact us today at (707) 462-8833 with any questions about your pet’s dental health today!