Prevent Dental Disease With our Dental Care Services
Periodontal disease is one of the most common conditions among pets today. Research suggests that most dogs and cats over age 3 have some form of dental disease. However, this condition is completely preventable.
If your pet exhibits any of the following, he or she may be suffering from dental disease and should be examined by one our veterinarians:
- Bad breath
- Swollen or red gums
- Yellow or brown teeth
- Difficulty chewing
- Missing or cracked/chipped teeth
If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to more serious, painful health conditions, such as kidney failure, liver failure, or heart disease.
Our Dental Care Services
At Elmhurst Animal Care Center, we recommend a three-step approach to caring for your pet’s oral health:
- Annual exams
Beginning at age 1, your pet will receive a dental exam during his or her wellness visit. We may order dental x-rays to examine the teeth and gum line. You will be notified if surgery, extraction, or other advanced procedures are required.
- Routine cleanings
Once the exam is completed and anesthesia has been administered, the veterinarian will begin to clean your pet’s teeth and the area below the gum line. This is something that only a veterinarian is licensed to perform. Groomers may claim they have cleaned your pet’s teeth, but, at best, this is only a very superficial cleaning. Our veterinarians also scale and polish the crown of each tooth to remove buildup from tartar and plaque.
- Home dental care
Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth helps reduce plaque and tartar buildup. In addition, chew toys and treats can also help combat dental disease.
We invite you to review the following online resources to support your pet’s dental health:
Do not ignore your pet’s oral health. Get the dental care they need today!
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