You should recognize the signs indicating your dog requires a dental cleaning. Our veterinarians in Hohenwald will inform you of these signs and when you should bring your dog in for a visit.
About Dental Cleaning in Dogs
A dental cleaning for your dog involves thoroughly examining their teeth, cleaning them, and polishing them to remove tartar and plaque that can cause periodontal disease. This procedure is performed while your dog is under general anesthesia.
While your dog is under anesthesia, our veterinarians and veterinary assistants at Hohenwald Animal Hospital will inspect your dog's mouth for any abnormalities. They will use a dental probe to assess gum bleeding and identify periodontal pockets where food can accumulate and decay if improperly maintained.
In cases where periodontal disease is advanced, it may be necessary to extract severely affected teeth. This extraction can take place either during the cleaning procedure or at a later time.
How Often Should It Be Done?
You should schedule your dog's teeth cleaning annually, but the frequency may differ depending on your dog's breed. Some breeds may require more frequent dental cleanings, so consult with our veterinarians at Hohenwald Animal Hospital to determine your dog's specific needs.
During the dental cleaning procedure, we administer anesthesia to ensure your dog's safety and the safety of our staff. The veterinarian begins by performing X-rays to identify any underlying issues.
When Would I Get My Dog's Teeth Cleaned?
You can easily determine if your dog requires teeth cleaning by examining their teeth. A dog's teeth may display plaque buildup. If you observe any plaque accumulation or signs of gingivitis in your dog's mouth, it's likely a good time for a dental cleaning.
Neglecting these problems in the early stages will result in their worsening, potentially causing significant dental problems and sensitivity for your dog.
Signs of dental problems in dogs and it's time to schedule a teeth cleaning:
- Bad breath (Halitosis)
- Discolored or yellowing teeth
- Receding and/or bleeding gums (Gingivitis)
- Drooling (more than average)
- Loose or missing teeth
- Poor appetite
- Sneezing and nasal discharge (from an abscess that breaks into the nasal passages)
What You Can Do At Home
The best thing you can do is brush your dog's teeth at home frequently! The more, the better, but if you can get two or three brushings weekly, you will be in good shape. The more you brush your dog's teeth, the more they become used to it, and it becomes easier to do daily.
If you need to be shown how to brush your pet's teeth, contact Hohenwald vets, and we will get you started in the right direction.