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Pet Dental Care & Your Pet's Health

Pet Dental Care & Your Pet's Health

Oral health is one of the most important pieces of your pet’s overall health and well-being. An unhealthy mouth is about more than bad breath, discolored teeth, and reddened gums. Bacteria from plaque and tartar can damage the teeth and gums and if left untreated, it can even lead to kidney or heart disease. Yet, dental disease and its consequences are entirely preventable with consistent pet dental care. At Schertz Animal Hospital, we partner with you to develop an effective preventive dental care plan for your pet to avoid illness altogether.

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Our Dental Care Services

Dental services for pets demand general anesthesia for the safety and comfort of your pet. Dental cleanings require that we clean below your pet’s gum line, where plaque and tartar can cause the most damage. With an alert animal, this service would be impossible and the cleaning would be significantly less effective. We use the same safety protocols for dental procedures that we use for surgery, so you can be sure that your pet is in good hands.

Our dental procedures include:

  • Digital dental X-rays to assess for disease below the gum line
  • Physical evaluation of the teeth and gums
  • Ultrasonic scaling to remove plaque and tartar above and below the gum line
  • Polishing of each tooth to smooth the enamel, making it harder for plaque and tartar to stick
  • Fluoride and/or sealants to further protect and strengthen teeth
  • Extractions for teeth that are broken or damaged by disease

In the event your pet needs extractions, we’ll administer pain medication to ensure they wake up with minimal discomfort. We’ll also send home medication to help keep them comfortable through their recovery.

At-Home Dental Care

You can play a huge role in staving off disease and lengthening the time between professional cleanings with at-home pet dental care! Our veterinarians have several recommendations for at-home care including:

  • Teeth brushing – this is the single best way to clean your pet’s teeth, but it can also be the most challenging! Ask our team to help you train your pet to accept teeth brushing.
  • Dental chew toys – many chew toys help scrape away plaque as your pet plays with and chews them.
  • Water treatments – these treatments are plaque-fighting additives to your pet’s water bowl, so every time they take a drink, they’re fighting dental disease.
  • Dental diets – some specialty diets are designed to reduce the amount of plaque build-up on teeth. These diets require a prescription to purchase so talk to your veterinarian about your options.
  • Dental treats – these specialty treats help to remove plaque as your pet bites into them — yet, they are still “treats” and so should be used sparingly!
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