The Importance of Cat & Dog Teeth Cleaning in Lewisville, NC
Your pet’s teeth and gums are a window to their overall health and well-being. An unhealthy mouth is not only painful, but can lead to other more serious health problems if not addressed. At Shallowford Animal Hospital in Lewisville, our veterinarian and staff work to prevent dental problems altogether with professional cat and dog teeth cleaning services as well as guidance regarding at-home dental care.
Does your pet have bad breath and discolored teeth?
We’ll help restore their fresh breath and pearly whites.
Tips for Preventing Dental Problems in Pets
Keeping your cat’s or dog’s teeth and gums healthy requires a commitment to daily at-home care and routine vet visits.
Here’s how you can prevent dental problems in your cat or dog:
Routine dental evaluations and cleanings
At every annual wellness exam, our veterinarian will perform a dental evaluation to check the health of your pet’s teeth and gums. If we see any signs of disease, we may recommend a full dental cleaning under general anesthesia. A professional teeth cleaning will include:
Practice at-home dental care
While brushing your cat’s or dog’s teeth is the single best way to reduce plaque and tartar build-up, we recognize it can also be the most challenging! Not many pets take brushing well, but luckily, there are other options including:
- Using gauze or a finger brush instead of a toothbrush
- Dental chews, such as OraVet chews
- Dental treats like Greenies
- Water additives
- Prescription dental diets such as Purina (DH) Dental Health