Dogs and cats need regular teeth cleanings and other dental care services to stay as healthy as possible. At Southcentral Veterinary Services in Bowling Green, Dr. Grimes and his team are qualified to perform a wide spectrum of dental services, from scaling and polishing to tooth extractions. We also recommend yearly dental checkups and daily at-home treatment to prevent plaque and tartar buildup, which can lead to painful oral infections. We believe that the best way to prevent dental diseases is to work together with pet parents for a complete, well-rounded dental care program.
Our Steps for Preventing and Treating Dental Disease in Dogs and Cats
Our hospital provides dental care services with the goal of preventing gingivitis, dental disease, tooth loss, and other conditions that can dramatically lower your pet’s quality of life.
These services include:
- Annual oral/dental exams
- Routine teeth cleanings which include scaling above and below the gumline and polishing the tooth enamel
- Digital oral/dental X-rays of the entire mouth to check for evidence of dental disease and other hidden issues
- Tooth extractions to treat teeth that are damaged beyond repair*
*Extractions are performed only as needed and with sole concern for your pet’s wellbeing.
Why You Should also Clean Your Pet’s Teeth at Home
There are several different ways to keep your pet’s smile bright and healthy from the comfort of your home.
Brushing your dog or cat’s teeth on a regular schedule can slow the buildup of plaque and tartar along their gumline. It can also reduce the overall number of times your pet will need to see us for a professional teeth cleaning.
Cats and dogs can also benefit from a change in diet to further support their dental needs. We carry the highest quality tartar-control foods at our hospital.
Oral Care Wipes
Oral cleansing wipes can be used as an alternative to brushing if your pet is uncooperative. Another method is to wrap gauze treated with pet-friendly toothpaste around your finger and rub it gently along your pet’s gumline to remove food debris. It’s all about what works best for you and your pet.
Dental Chews & Treats
Dogs can also have dental chews, which are designed to remove tooth plaque while also killing bacteria inside the mouth. There are also dental treats for cats that you can use in place of their regular treats. Ask us for our recommendations!