Imagine if you never brushed your teeth or had them cleaned. As you can imagine, things would eventually start to get very bad inside your mouth: teeth would rot and decay, and gums would become inflamed and infected. Dangerous bacteria would eventually travel into your bloodstream and could cause other serious health problems.
It’s the same scenario for your dog or cat. While some people might laugh at the idea of brushing their pet’s teeth or taking them for a dental cleaning, the fact is that by age three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Periodic dental exams help maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent future problems.
PGA Animal Clinic offers complete pet oral health services, including:
● Dental exams
● Annual dental cleanings
● Dental X-rays
● Extractions and dental surgery
Let us help make sure your pet is all smiles!
PREVENTIVE DENTAL CARE
Brushing your pet’s teeth several times per week is the best way to prevent plaque and tartar build-up. Interested in learning how to brush your pet’s teeth? Just ask, and our veterinarians will be happy to help you get started. If you have a pet that won’t tolerate brushing, our veterinarians can also recommend products that will help keep your pet’s mouth healthy in between cleanings.
THE TOOTH ABOUT ANESTHESIA-FREE DENTALS
You may see other pet care facilities advertise non-anesthetic dental cleanings. In general, we do not recommend “anesthesia-free dentals” for our canine or feline patients. Why? The risks can outweigh the benefits, and the benefits are ultimately purely cosmetic! This procedure only removes the tartar on the surface, even though 90% of dental disease is under the gumline. Furthermore, “anesthesia-free dentals” can be fairly stressful for most pets. We understand that you may have worries about putting your pet under general anesthesia for their dental cleaning—we’re pet parents, too! PGA Animal Clinic creates custom anesthesia plans specifically tailored for each individual pet, and we utilize cutting-edge anesthesia monitoring equipment to ensure that every procedure is as safe as possible.
To make an appointment for a dental exam or cleaning, call us at (561) 626-5020.