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Dental Care

Quincy & Milton Pet Dental Care

One of the most overlooked procedures of responsible cat and dog ownership is pet dental care. Cat and dogs are just as susceptible to periodontal disease as their owners. And, just like humans, dogs and cats need regular dental examinations and cleanings. But, what other pet dental processes are available and how does one find a reliable vet willing to provide them?

High Quality Pet Dental Care Services

We offer an extensive array of pet dental treatments closely related to those most pet owners would expect from their own dentist office. The only real difference between human dental care and that for animals is that the procedures are completed by a veterinarian instead of a dentist.

Pets should have their first dental examination early in life between eight and twelve weeks in age. The vet will determine whether the teeth are growing in as they should be or whether they are supernumerary or retained baby teeth. Supernumerary teeth cause crowding problems, allowing food and hair to pack between teeth and often pushing adult teeth towards the center of the mouth preventing the mouth from closing properly. Consequences include pain, infection and inability to consume food. A vet will often then determine if the tooth needs removal or can be left. From there into adulthood, examinations and cleanings should continue yearly.

Some of the pet dental care services Willard Veterinary Clinic proudly offers:

TEETH CLEANING includes scaling by hand and with a cavitron scaler, (high speed water probe). In this process, plaque and tartar are scraped from the teeth and under gums.  The usually happens while under anesthesia because an animal won’t say “Ahh.”

ROOT PLANING is a process in which a veterinarian smoothes the diseased portion of the tooth to provide rejuvenation. Often the diseased gum is removed and healthy gums are flapped back to allow complete cleaning of the tissue around the tooth root. Then the healthy gum is reattached.

EXTRACTIONS involve the removal of a tooth from the cat or dog’s mouth. This can be due to a variety of circumstances, including abscesses, bone loss, fractures or impacted teeth.

Tired of searching for a reliable vet offering pet dental care? We are confident you won’t be disappointed if you choose Willard Veterinary Clinic. We provide the quality care you have been looking for. We are happy to serve dogs and cats all over Quincy, Milton, and surrounding areas. Call us with any questions or to schedule an appointment 617-845-0730

Pet Teeth Cleaning – Important for Your Pet’s Health

Just like humans, dogs and cats can develop tartar, gum disease and other serious oral health problems. It’s not just yellow teeth and bad breath that pet owners need to worry about – pet dental problems can lead to life-threatening infections affecting the heart, liver and kidneys. An annual, professional pet teeth cleaning together with regular at-home brushing is the best way to reduce your pet’s risk for dental problems.

Pet Dental Care Starts with Regular Pet Teeth Cleaning

An annual pet teeth cleaning is the first step for good oral health. During a pet dental cleaning, our team will scrape away tartar from your pet’s gum line. Next, we will polish your pet’s teeth to create a smooth surface that is resistant to tartar build up. During our dental exam, our veterinary team will also check for any signs of periodontal disease. Gums that are puffy, swollen or bleeding may indicated the presence of gum disease or another dental problem requiring proactive oral care.

If you have never brushed your pet’s teeth before, our veterinarian recommends a slow, gradual approach. Start by introducing your pet to the toothpaste; try placing a small dollop on your finger and gently running your finger along your pet’s gums. As your pet becomes more comfortable with light pressure on his gums, switch to a toothbrush. Ideally, our animal clinic vet team recommends that you brush your pet’s teeth at least once every week. Whenever possible, start brushing your pet’s teeth when they are young. Grown dogs can learn to be comfortable with teeth cleaning, but the process is much easier when you start your pet off with healthy habits early.

Before brushing your pet’s teeth, be sure that you have the right tools. Do not use a human toothpaste as fluoride and other ingredients in human toothpaste are dangerous for pets. Instead, opt for a specially formulated toothpaste that is made just for pets. And while synthetic chew bones or chew toys are not a substitute for regular pet teeth cleaning, they are an important addition to pet dental care. Our veterinarian is happy to answer any questions you may have about selecting a toothbrush, toothpaste or other pet teeth cleaning products.

Regular pet teeth cleaning is essential to not only keeping your pet’s doggy breath under control, but also protecting your pet from a host of health problems. Our animal clinic provides comprehensive dental care services for pets of all sizes, ages and breeds. Our veterinarian is always happy to demonstrate to pet owners proper brushing technique. Willard Veterinary Clinic is proud to be your veterinary partner in maintaining your pet’s oral health for a long, healthy life.

To schedule a dental care check-up or learn more about pet teeth cleaning, contact our animal clinic today!

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