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Dental care for dogs and cats

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Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions/answers that we are frequently asked. If you have additional questions that aren’t covered here, please feel free to give us a call at (708) 385-3790.

If your dog or cat is 5 years or older and has never had a teeth cleaning, it is time to schedule a dental visit. Also, if it has been more than 1 year since their last cleaning, it is time for another one. Brushing alone will only prevent further buildup. Existing plaque and tarter can only be removed with a professional dental cleaning by your veterinarian.
Dog and cat dental cleanings are just like human dental cleanings, with a couple of exceptions. People don’t usually bite their dentists and we tend to listen better when told to keep our mouth open!

In order to properly clean your pet’s teeth, anesthesia is administered. Once this is completed, our veterinarians will then begin the process of removing harmful plaque and tarter from the teeth that causes bad breath and may lead to more serious problems. We can also provide digital dental radiographs to keep track of your pet’s dental health.

Caring for your pet’s teeth is more than just cosmetic. Regular dental care has a number of long-lasting benefits for your pet’s health including:
  • Prevention of diseases, including gingivitis, bacterial infections, and periodontal disease
  • Prevention of oral infections of the gum and teeth, and tooth loss
  • Prevention of bad breath
  • Reduced tartar and plaque buildup
If your pet is exhibiting any of the following signs or symptoms, please contact us immediately:
  • Loose, broken, or bleeding teeth
  • Bumps or a tumor is present within your pet’s mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Inflamed teeth
  • Excessive drooling
  • A change in eating or chewing habits
Dental cleanings are by appointment only and require that your pet be dropped off in the morning and picked up the same afternoon. Please call our office at (708) 385-3790 to schedule an appointment.

Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions/answers that we are frequently asked. If you have additional questions that aren’t covered here, please feel free to give us a call at (708) 385-3790.

If your dog or cat is 5 years or older and has never had a teeth cleaning, it is time to schedule a dental visit. Also, if it has been more than 1 year since their last cleaning, it is time for another one. Brushing alone will only prevent further buildup. Existing plaque and tarter can only be removed with a professional dental cleaning by your veterinarian.
Dog and cat dental cleanings are just like human dental cleanings, with a couple of exceptions. People don’t usually bite their dentists and we tend to listen better when told to keep our mouth open!

In order to properly clean your pet’s teeth, anesthesia is administered. Once this is completed, our veterinarians will then begin the process of removing harmful plaque and tarter from the teeth that causes bad breath and may lead to more serious problems. We can also provide digital dental radiographs to keep track of your pet’s dental health.

Caring for your pet’s teeth is more than just cosmetic. Regular dental care has a number of long-lasting benefits for your pet’s health including:
  • Prevention of diseases, including gingivitis, bacterial infections, and periodontal disease
  • Prevention of oral infections of the gum and teeth, and tooth loss
  • Prevention of bad breath
  • Reduced tartar and plaque buildup
If your pet is exhibiting any of the following signs or symptoms, please contact us immediately:
  • Loose, broken, or bleeding teeth
  • Bumps or a tumor is present within your pet’s mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Inflamed teeth
  • Excessive drooling
  • A change in eating or chewing habits