Appropriate dental care is one of the most important things that you can do to improve the quality and longevity of your pet’s life. Dog and cat annual dental cleanings are essential to preventing advanced periodontal disease which leads to pain, tooth loss and negative effects to internal organs. Professional dental cleaning is the only way to remove visible plaque and tartar on the teeth and bacteria under the gums.
Warning Signs your dog or cat needs dental care more immediately:
- Bad breath
- Changes in eating habits
- Discolored teeth (yellow or brown)
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Excessive drooling
- Pawing at the mouth
- Broken or worn teeth
- Declined interest in chew toy
- Constant nasal discharge
Dunwoody Animal Medical Center ensures the best care for our patients which is why our dental cleanings are performed under general anesthesia. This makes it possible to thoroughly and safely clean your pet's teeth with minimal pain and stress to your pet. Our dental cleanings include scaling to remove plaque and tartar and polish to create a surface that is more resistant to plaque buildup, as well as dental x-rays where appropriate.
We are happy to recommend good practices for you to start in home as well, decreasing the need for veterinary intervention.