Small dog with a toothbrush in its mouth

Oral health is a fundamental aspect of overall pet health and well being. Avoiding and managing the inflammation, pain, and potential for systemic infection associated with periodontal disease are strong contributors to the pet’s quality of life and longevity. Poor oral health can also cause issues with bad breath, trouble eating food, and drooling. Dental cleanings not only address current issues, but can also prevent future issues, especially with broken teeth and masses growing inside the mouth.

Before and after teeth cleaning by TLC Pet Hospital

Our canine and feline friends will be given oral exams every time they come in for a checkup. We offer dental prophylaxis under general anesthesia to provide a safe experience for your pet and our staff. To ensure your pet is well taken care of during the procedure pre-anesthetic blood-work, IV catheterization and intraoperative fluids are included in the anesthesia package. Pain medications are given before surgery as needed to ensure your pet is comfortable. A scaler is used to remove tartar and plaque from the teeth and then are polished to smooth tooth enamel. The doctor assesses the overall health of the teeth, gums, tongue and lips and performs extractions as needed.

After a dental cleaning has been done, at home dental care is very important. The doctor and our team can show you how to brush your pet’s teeth with a toothbrush. Special food diets and treats may be recommended by our doctors specifically for your pet’s needs.

Pet Dental Care infographic