dentistry at mercy pet clinic

Caring for Your Pets’ Pearly Whites

Dental care is often overlooked, but it plays an important role in the overall health of your pet, as dental infections can lead to problems in your pet’s heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. Routine dental care at home as well as regular professional examinations will help prevent dental problems such as bad breath and oral infections and diseases.

Mercy Pet Clinic’s comprehensive dental examination includes:

  • Professional cleaning
  • Physical and oral examination
  • Calculus removal
  • Irrigation
  • Polishing
  • Sub-gingival scaling, root planning and curettage
  • Post-cleaning examinations
  • Recording abnormalities
  • Detailed instructions for home care

Pet Dental Facts

  • Regular dental care can extend your pet’s life.
  • Good dental health contributes to good overall health.
  • Pets tend to hide pain from their owners. Without regular dental care, your pet could have a toothache or painful infection that you don’t even know about.
  • Periodontal diseases and infections are the most common health problems for dogs and cats. Unfortunately, pet parents often overlook these problems.
  • While bad breath is obnoxious, it is usually the sign of an infection or other serious dental problem. When your pet receives regular dental care, his or her breath will freshen up.

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At-Home Dental Care

If you’re not sure how you should be taking care of your pet’s teeth at home, there is no need to worry. The trained veterinarians at Mercy Pet Clinic will help you develop a routine that works for you and your pet. Plus, we carry pet toothbrushes and toothpaste, dental chews, dental rinses and special diets all at an affordable price.

Tooth brushing is the least expensive and most effective dental care method. Ideally, you should brush your pet’s teeth twice daily, but once daily is still beneficial. Training a pet to accept tooth brushing can be difficult, but most pets can be gradually trained. Make sure to start slowly and give treats so your pet associates tooth brushing with yummy treats.

Oral rinses are another effective dental care method. These rinses have an antiseptic action against the bacteria that cause infections and bad breath. It is best to combine these with tooth brushing, but a once daily oral rinse should do the trick if your pet just isn’t picking up on tooth brushing.

Diet also plays an important role in your pet’s dental health. You might opt to purchase food that is specifically designed to reduce plaque build up.  There are also dental-friendly chews and treats. These are convenient for pet parents and fun for pets.