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Proper dental care is a large part of keeping your pet healthy. Regular teeth cleanings and dental check-ups prevent periodontal disease and other dental problems before they affect your pet's overall health. Plaque build-up and gingivitis may have serious long-term effects, causing injury to kidneys, heart, and other organs.
South Wilton Veterinary Group offers dental care counseling in addition to our regular cleaning services. We also advise clients on how to best administer dental care at home. Our dental program includes dogs, cats, small pets, and exotics—contact us for your pet dental care needs.
Proper dental care is important in keeping your pet healthy and happy. Periodontal disease affects the gums and supporting tissue of the teeth. This is caused by a build-up of bacteria and plaque on your pet's teeth and gums. Periodontal disease can lead to more serious bacterial infections that eventually damage the liver, kidneys, heart, and other organs.
Many dental problems can be avoided with regular dental check-ups and dental cleanings.
Some signs of pet dental problems include:
Our hospital provides full dental cleanings, tooth extractions, and other oral surgery procedures.
During a routine dental cleaning, your pet will be placed under anesthesia. Our veterinarian examines your pet's teeth and oral cavity, and the patient's teeth are scaled, removing all tartar and plaque, and then polished.
Fluoride is applied inside the mouth, after which, your pet's mouth is rinsed, leaving it fresh and clean. Afterwards, our veterinarians provide you with instructions on how to care for your pet's teeth at home.
South Wilton Veterinary Group now offers digital dental X-rays in order to better clean and treat your pet's teeth. This advanced technology provides high-resolution images essential to examining the teeth and mouths of small animals.
Pet dental care does not end with a visit to your veterinarian. You need to continue your veterinarian's good work at home.
Brushing your pet's teeth is an important part of home dental care. Our staff can show you the proper method of brushing your pet's teeth and provide you with this helpful brushing teeth handout.
While many pet owners balk at the idea, brushing your pet's teeth is easy and can be fun for you both. For help, you may enjoy this WebMD Pet Health video How To Brush Your Dog's Teeth and the comprehensive article.
For more information on getting started with your pet's home dental care regime, read the AAHA teeth brushing article.