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Signs Your Dog Needs Dental Cleaning

Dental health problems in dogs can cause chronic pain and other health issues. However, these issues can be easily prevented with regular dental exams, professional cleaning, and proper care at home. Our vets in Madison can help you identify the signs of dental health problems in dogs and provide simple ways to maintain your dog's dental health.

Your Dog's Dental Health

If you have ever suffered from a toothache, you know how dental health issues can adversely affect your overall health. It can reduce your energy level, spoil your appetite, and cause exhaustion from dealing with the pain.

Similarly, when your dog experiences dental health problems, it can significantly impact their quality of life. Tooth decay or periodontal disease can cause chronic pain affecting their health and well-being.

So, watching for signs of dental health problems in your furry friend is crucial.

What Are The Signs Of Dental Health Problems In Dogs?

Signs of dental health issues in dogs that require veterinary attention include:

  • Bad breath
  • Loose, broken, or badly decayed teeth
  • Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
  • Brown or yellow teeth
  • Obvious signs of tartar buildup
  • Abnormal drooling
  • Chewing, or dropping food from their mouth
  • Reduced appetite
  • Dropping food from their mouth while eating
  • Pain in or around the mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Swelling in the areas around the mouth
Additional symptoms associated with poor dental health in dogs include:
  • Lack of energy
  • Weight Loss
  • Short temper
  • Reluctance to play

Do Dogs Need Their Teeth Cleaned?

Keeping your dog's mouth healthy is important to prevent dental problems. Dental cleanings by a professional once a year can help prevent any issues from developing.

Our vets strongly believe that preventing dental problems is better than treating them after they have progressed. Combining professional cleanings with extra care at home can help keep your dog's teeth healthy and looking great.

What Is Involved In Professional Dental Cleanings For Dogs?

To begin, your pet will be sedated so that the dentist can safely perform all the necessary work, and keep your dog calm and safe.

Once your dog has been sedated, your vet will thoroughly examine your dog's mouth, checking for dental issues such as those listed above. Dental X-rays may also be taken to get a complete picture of your dog's dental health.

During your dog's dental appointment, their teeth will be thoroughly cleaned above and below the gum line to prevent and treat decay and periodontal disease.

Sometimes, your dog's teeth may need fluoride treatment or sealant to protect them from further plaque buildup.

After the dental cleaning, your veterinarian will discuss their findings with you and suggest any further treatment if necessary. If your dog has advanced dental issues, they may need to schedule more frequent dental cleanings and exams with the veterinarian.

How Do I Care For My Dog's Teeth At Home?

Maintaining your dog's oral hygiene is important by keeping their teeth clean and healthy between visits to the vet. The good news is that it doesn't require a lot of effort on your part. 

You can easily brush your dog's teeth using a regular toothbrush or a finger brush that can be found at most pet supply stores. Just add a small amount of toothpaste specially made for dogs, and your dog will enjoy the experience. 

Starting a brushing routine while your dog is still a puppy is ideal for making oral hygiene a regular part of your dog's life. 

If your dog is not fond of brushing, plenty of foods, treats, and toys can help improve your dog's dental health.

When Can I Get My Dog's Teeth Cleaned?

If you want to know when to take your dog for their first dental appointment. Your dog's veterinarian can examine their oral health and suggest when and how often you should have your dog's teeth cleaned. Usually, yearly dental check-ups are recommended to prevent any dental issues.

Where Should I Get My Dog's Teeth Cleaned?

Great news! You can easily get your dog's teeth cleaned by scheduling an appointment with your vet. At [COMPANY-NAME] in [LOCATION], our team of veterinary professionals can provide top-notch oral health care services for your furry friend. We offer a range of dental services, including cleanings and dental surgery, to ensure that your dog's mouth stays healthy and comfortable.

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.

Contact our Best Friends Animal Hospital vets today to book a dental appointment for your canine companion.

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