Pet Dental Care

Pet Dental Care Caring for your pet's teeth is important! Regular dental care does more than just keep your pet's teeth white and prevent bad breath. Plaque and tartar build-up on your pet's teeth can lead to periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can result in bacteria entering your pet's bloodstream, which can cause additional problems to your pet's liver, kidneys and heart.

West Suburban Veterinary Associates, P.C. offers complete veterinary dental care for dogs and cats. We are the only hospital in the area that uses digital dental radiography to accurately diagnose the condition of your pet's teeth. Our specially-trained staff performs complete veterinary dental cleanings, among other procedures.

Your Pet's Dental Cleaning

Your pet's veterinary dental cleaning is much different than the process you undergo each year at the dentist. Veterinary dentistry is considerably more involved, time-consuming and complex. Cleaning your pet's teeth requires general anesthesia, and consequently a day of hospitalization. The skills of several people, from veterinarians to veterinary technicians and animal attendants are required for each dental procedure.

Your pet's dental cleaning at West Suburban Veterinary Associates begins with a physical examination. This examination is important for evaluating your pet's general health. After the physical exam, your pet is given an anesthetic for a safe and painless sleep during the dental cleaning.

The first part of dental cleaning requires the removal of tartar. This is done with a hand scaler. Next, an ultrasonic scaler is used to clean above the gumline while a curette cleans the teeth under the gumline in the crevice. Then your pet's teeth are polished and the gums are washed with an anti-bacterial solution to help delay tartar build-up.

Caring For Your Pet's Teeth At Home

Caring For Your Pet's Teeth At Home Regular veterinary cleanings are important for your pet, but you can keep up with your pet's dental health care at home. A member of the West Suburban Veterinary Associates, P.C. staff can show you how to brush your pet's teeth. This is a great way to keep your pet's teeth healthy and bond with your pet.