Skokie Pet Dental Services

Most people go to the dentist twice a year and brush their teeth every day. Rumor has it a few even floss!

Your dog and cat, however, never brush their teeth - and you can forget about flossing! While a person only needs teeth to chew food, your dog will uses them to pick up sticks and rawhide and tennis balls. Your cat might carry around a special toy. Both dogs and cats will use their teeth to chew/scratch places their feet cannot reach. Besides the food you give them, they might snack on something interesting they find around the house or the yard.

The bottom line is your pet's teeth see quite a bit of use that yours don't, and pets cannot give their teeth the same care you do. It's up to you to ensure they keep their smile healthy their entire lives. After all, while they can't take care of their teeth like you can, they can develop the same dental diseases and problems.

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Your Pet's Dental Examination at North Shore Veterinary Clinic

During your pet's dental examination at North Shore Veterinary Clinic, your pet receives very similar treatment to what you experience at your dentist.

We will:

  • Remove tartar from all tooth surfaces
  • Polish the teeth to remove all traces of plaque and tartar
  • Conduct a periodontal exam to ensure the health of your pet's gums
  • Investigate any abscesses and pockets for potential problems
  • If necessary, extract any teeth to prevent future problems
  • Apply a fluoride treatment and sealant to create a barrier that prevents accumulation of plaque and tartar-forming bacteria

This procedure requires an anesthetic. There is a risk, however small, for any surgical procedure requiring anesthesia. Therefore, we recommend blood screening to identify any problems that cannot be determined from a physical exam. Based on what we find, we can modify our anesthetic protocol to minimize any potential risk.

skokie Pet Dental HealthCaring for Your Pet's Teeth at Home

At home, brushing your pet's teeth always helps, although this can be difficult. Simply try your best. We recommend using Hill's t/d, a tartar diet, as a treat or dietary supplement to help reduce tartar buildup on your pet's teeth. Research has shown that the type of food, canned or dry, makes very little difference in the amount of tartar build up. However, certain types of food can prevent this accumulation - particularly certain types of fiber. Using t/d is a simple, tasty way to promote your pet's oral health.

We also recommend using Oravet Barrier Sealant at home after your pet's dental cleaning to prevent tartar and plaque accumulation. will help prevent your pet from developing oral health problems. This will help prevent oral health problems and help eliminate halitosis or bad breath.

Signs of Pet Dental Problems

Pets need to have their teeth cleaned on a regular basis to remove plaque and tartar accumulation. Plaque is a combination of bacteria and food debris that collects on the surfaces of teeth and eventually spreads under the gum line. These bacteria can secrete substances that lead to inflammation of the gums and eventually periodontal disease. This process may even weaken or destroy tissue that anchors their teeth.

Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Inflamed or bleeding gums
  • Change in eating or chewing habits (including toys)
  • Change in behavior or personality
  • Excessive or abnormal drooling
  • Going to the food bowl and not eating or dropping food from the mouth

If your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, his or her overall well-being and health is also being impacted. Don't wait - please call North Shore Veterinary Clinic today for an appointment.

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