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Dental Care is an Important Factor in Your Pet’s Health

While it may seem like bad pet breath is simply a nuisance, it is often the sign of an oral infection. Dental disease is one of the most common health issues affecting pets, so it’s important to make a habit of caring for your pet’s pearly whites. Dental care contributes to your pet’s overall health, and regular dental care can extend your pet’s life.

Keep your pet’s pearly whites clean and healthy

Dentistry at Lafayette Veterinary Care Center

Our veterinarians want to do everything they can to ensure your pet lives their best life. This is why we offer full-service dental care at our hospital.

Our dental exam includes:

  • Scaling of the teeth
  • Checking for abnormalities and damage
  • Measuring the gum lines for pockets
  • Radiographing suspicious teeth for abscesses
  • Full mouth X-ray
  • Making necessary extractions
  • Polishing teeth
  • Doing a fluoride treatment
How to Care for Your Pet’s Teeth At Home

Animals are unlikely to show signs of being in pain to their owners, so prevention is key when it comes to dental health. If left untreated, dental infections, and diseases can begin to impact major organs like the lungs, kidneys and heart. One of the best ways to prevent dental disease and infection in your pet is to develop a regular at-home dental routine. If you need help, the trained veterinarians at Lafayette Veterinary Care Clinic will be happy to help you establish a routine.

Animals are unlikely to show signs of being in pain to their owners, so prevention is key when it comes to dental health. If left untreated, dental infections and diseases can begin to impact major organs like the lungs, kidneys and heart. One of the best ways to prevent dental disease and infection in your pet is to develop a regular at-home dental routine. If you need help, the trained veterinarians at Lafayette Veterinary Care Clinic will be happy to help you establish a routine.

Common ways to care for your pet’s teeth:

Oral Rinses

Oral rinses work with antiseptic action against dental bacteria. These are very effective in fighting mouth and gum infections as well as eliminating bad breath. Oral rinses are most effective when they are combined with tooth brushing, but a daily oral rinse will do just fine, especially if your pet refuses tooth brushing.

Tooth Brushing 

Ideally, you should brush your pet’s teeth twice daily, however once daily brushing is still helpful. It can be difficult to train a pet to tolerate tooth brushing, but with dedication and perseverance, it can be done. Start slowly and give your pet plenty of treats so they associate tooth brushing with something positive.

Diet 

Pet parents may decide to purchase food that is designed to reduce plaque buildup or provide their pet with dental-friendly chews and treats. The major upside to modifying your pet’s diet is convenience, as it does not require any training. Just make sure to check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet.