Would you go days, weeks, months or years without brushing your teeth? Of course not! What about visits to the dentist? How do you think your teeth and gums would look if you never bothered to get professional dental cleanings and care? The same standards you apply to your own oral health should also apply to your animal companion.

In fact, good dental health is an important part of your pet’s overall wellbeing. An unhealthy mouth can lead to any number of problems, from simple bad breath and tooth loss to more serious conditions, like dental disease. If left untreated, dental disease can spread infection throughout the entire body, including the kidneys, lungs and heart. The simple solution? A commitment to ongoing dental care – both professional and at home.

At Main West Animal Hospital we provide a wide array of professional pet dentistry services for our patients to help keep dental issues at bay and prevent future problems. Periodontal disease is caused by gingivitis or the continuous build-up of plaque and tartar. By proactive brushing your pet’s teeth every day and having your pet’s teeth cleaned professionally at least once a year, you can help prevent against this dangerous buildup, ultimately keeping your companion healthier over time.

Our comprehensive dental care services are performed under general anesthesia, for the safety of our patients. Our highly trained, experienced veterinary technicians use modern multi-speed hand pieces and ultrasonic scalers to perform examinations of teeth and gums, tooth cleanings and polishings, de-scaling of tartar on the teeth, fluoride treatments, inspection of gums for gingival pockets and tooth extractions if necessary. Our state of the art dental suite is fully equipped with both an anesthetic machine and a digital anesthetic monitor to ensure that your pet remains comfortable and safe during dental procedures.

Finally, it’s important to note that your pet’s dental care is something that should be maintained year round, not just at annual vet appointments. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be happy to show you how to brush your pet’s teeth at home, which will help delay plaque and tartar build-up. As a bonus, regular brushing is also a great way to establish trust and develop a deeper bond with your pet.

Some of the signs of possible dental problems in your pet may include:

  • Bad breath
  • Inflamed or bleeding gums
  • Discomfort while chewing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pawing at the mouth

If your animal exhibits any of these symptoms it’s time to schedule a dental exam. Together we’ll work hard to help your companion achieve a lifetime of good oral health.