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Healthy pink gums and clean pearly whites are as important to your pet as they are to you. While your pet may not be able to brush and floss their own teeth, it's not a lost cause!
At The Animalife Veterinary Center at Eagle Creek, our team is highly qualified to provide extensive cat and dog teeth cleaning services to the pets of Naples and surrounding communities. Dental hygiene is integral to your pet's overall health because much of what goes on in the mouth can affect other parts of the body. With routine, timely dental care, your pet can avoid conditions such as halitosis (bad breath), gingivitis, dental disease, and tooth loss. Call us at (239) 778-9777 to set up your next visit, or fill out our online appointment request for your next cat or dog teeth cleaning today!
Dental disease, also known as periodontal disease, is not just a mouth problem. If this disease progresses, it can infect the heart, liver, and kidneys. How does this happen?
The longer your pet goes without dental care, the more plaque and tartar buildup they'll have on their teeth. As this buildup increases, it eventually finds its way under the gum line, secreting bacteria that infect the teeth, gums, and other surrounding structures. This can cause deep pockets around the teeth, resulting in tooth loss and potentially even bone loss. If bacteria from this infection enters the bloodstream, it can affect the internal organs as well.
Be on the lookout for these signs in your pet to prevent or reduce the onset of dental disease:
Swollen, bright red gums
Broken or loose teeth
Discolored (yellow/brown) teeth
Difficulty eating/holding onto food
Lack of interest in chewing on toys
Our team performs a large number of dental procedures to help pets combat dental disease. These procedures generally involve:
Thorough oral exams and for a full dental assessment
State-of-the-art anesthesia and technician monitoring during all dental procedures
Complete teeth cleaning and polishing
Oral (extractions, mass removals) if necessary
We pay very close attention to each patient's oral health and recommend daily at-home care in addition to routine exams and cleanings at our hospital. Anticipating potential problems is key to keeping dental disease at bay and ensuring a clean bill of health for your pet. For at-home cat or dog teeth cleaning, we offer toothbrushes and toothpaste designed specifically for pets. We also offer dental chews and a special diet for reducing tartar buildup. Please talk us if you have any questions about these products and how to use them!
A lifelong pet dental care plan is the best defense against dental disease. Whether this plan includes bringing them in for a dental, brushing their teeth, feeding them a tartar control diet, or using dental chews will depend on their individual needs. Consult with us so we can help you choose the best options for your pet. Call (239) 778-9777 to schedule an appointment!