When it comes to dental care, pets and people have much in common. Both need routine dental services to maintain good oral health. If you live in Clifton, NJ, or the surrounding communities, bring your pet to Valley Animal Hospital for quality dental care. Here’s how our dental program can benefit your pet.
Preventative Dental Care
Keeping your pet’s teeth healthy can help save you time and money in treating dental issues later on. Through our preventative dental care services, you can preserve your pet’s oral health.
Pets need healthy teeth for eating, playing, and protection. Annual pet dental exams and cleanings can help keep dental issues like decay, tooth infections, and periodontal disease at bay. Periodontal disease can erode the bone structure of your pet’s teeth to cause tooth loss. If it spreads to your pet’s bloodstream, it can damage his internal organs. Through preventative dental care, you can protect your pet’s teeth and health.
Pet Dental Services Offered by Our Clifton Veterinarian
At Valley Animal Hospital, we offer comprehensive dental services for dogs and cats to include:
- Pet dental exams – a visual inspection of your pet’s teeth and gums to detect signs of problems or disease
- X-rays – to examine bone structure beneath the gum line of your pet’s teeth
- Pet teeth cleaning – scaling of your pet’s teeth to eliminate plaque and tartar, especially under the gum line where periodontal disease can start
- Low speed polishing – to leave your pet’s teeth smooth and clean
- Fluoride treatment – to help prevent cavities
- Teeth charting – a written assessment of the state of your pet’s teeth for future reference
Importance of Anesthesia in Pet Dental Care
Using anesthesia enables our Clifton veterinary expert to do a thorough job of cleaning your pet’s teeth without causing him harm. Sedating your pet keeps him still and quiet while we examine, x-ray, and scale his teeth as opposed to him thrashing about or trying to bite our vet. It also protects your pet from pain and discomfort while these services are done.
Signs Your Pet May Need Dental Care
There are signs you can look out for to indicate if your pet needs dental care. These include:
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Difficulty chewing
- Loss of appetite
- Foul breath
If your pet has these symptoms, contact our Clifton veterinarian for a dental checkup. Early diagnosis and treatment of dental problems can help save your pet’s teeth.
Trust Our Clifton Veterinary Expert for Pet Dental Care
At Valley Animal Hospital, we make pet dental care a priority along with the rest of your pet’s health. To schedule a checkup or pet teeth cleaning services for your kit or pup, contact us at 973-509-5225 today.