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Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning in Concord, NC Improving Pet Oral Care

cat and dog teeth cleaning in concord, nc

Your pet’s teeth need to be treated with the same care as your own. A majority of dogs and cats ages 3 and up have some form of dental disease, be it gingivitis or periodontal disease. Because poor oral hygiene is so common among pets, we believe it’s more important than ever to develop a dental routine at home with your pet, and to consult with us annually to see if they need a teeth cleaning. At Mills Creek Animal Hospital in Concord, NC, our veterinary team is able to provide a full range of cat and dog teeth cleaning services to treat and prevent various dental diseases.

With ongoing dental care at home and with us, your pet will have better oral health and a much better quality of life. Schedule their dental exam today!

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Signs Your Pet Might Need to Have a Professional Teeth Cleaning

Often, dogs and cats won’t show that they’re struggling with oral pain. Still, there are a few signs you can look for to determine whether a visit to the vet is necessary:

  • Noticeably bad breath
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Yellow/brown buildup on the teeth along the edge of the gum line
  • Dropping food and/or eating less than usual
  • Eating awkwardly (smacking their lips, sticking tongue out)
  • Drooling
  • Blood-tinged saliva
  • Loose or broken teeth
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How to Clean Your Pet’s Teeth at Home

The most effective way to slow plaque and tartar buildup is to brush your pet’s teeth daily (if possible). All you need is a pet tooth brush, pet-friendly toothpaste, and some patience. If you start when your pet is still a puppy or kitten, they will grow accustomed to the procedure more quickly.

First, get them used to having their teeth and gums touched, and then introduce the toothbrush. Let your pet taste the toothpaste first, too. To brush, just gently move the toothbrush in a circular motion along their gum line, without pressing too hard. Be sure to reward your pet for their good behavior, and take your time. You can always call us if you need help!

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Steps of Our Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning Procedure

Here at Mills Creek, we take a very thorough approach to your pet’s dental care. For a typical cat or dog teeth cleaning procedure, we follow these crucial steps:

  1. A standard physical exam
  2. A thorough oral exam with your pet under general anesthesia
  3. Full-mouth digital X-rays to assess oral health below the gums
  4. Probing and irrigating the periodontal pockets (around the teeth)
  5. Ultrasonic scaling to remove calculus from the crowns of the teeth and below the gum line
  6. Teeth polishing
  7. Tooth extractions (if needed)
  8. Fluoride treatment
  9. Dental charting
  10. Home care instructions provided to show our dental care recommendations for your pet’s needs