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Signs Your Dog Needs Dental Cleaning

Routine dental care plays a big role in the overall health of our canine companions. This includes regular dental cleanings and exams. Today, our Fayetteville vets discuss the importance of caring for your dog's teeth, and share some signs that they are due for a dental cleaning.

Do dogs need their teeth cleaned?

You might be wondering whether dogs require dental cleaning, and the answer is a resounding yes! Just like humans, dogs do need dental cleanings to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

A dental cleaning for your dog involves a comprehensive examination, teeth cleaning, and polishing to remove tartar and plaque buildup that causes periodontal disease. The procedure will be performed while your dog is under general anesthesia to keep them still and comfortable.

While your dog is anesthetized, the vet will thoroughly examine your dog's mouth to look for any abnormalities. A dental probe will be used to assess gum bleeding and periodontal pockets where food can accumulate and cause decay if not properly managed.

In cases of advanced periodontal disease, your vet may find it necessary to extract severely affected teeth in order to protect your dog's oral health.

When should I get my dog's teeth cleaned?

It is recommended that you get your dog's teeth cleaned once a year, although the frequency can very depending on the dog. Certain dog breeds may require more frequent dental cleanings, so be sure to consult your vet to determine if your dog needs additional cleanings.

Speak with your vet for help determining how often your dog should receive professional dental cleaning and exams.

How to Tell When Your Dog Needs a Dental Cleaning

To determine if it's time for your dog to come in for a teeth cleaning, closely examine their teeth. Plaque buildup will be evident on a dog's teeth, so you should have no trouble detecting it. If you observe any plaque buildup or signs of gingivitis in your dog's mouth, it's time to book a dental appointment.

Ignoring plaque buildup and any signs of a dental problem will only allow them to progress, potentially resulting in severe dental problems, sensitivity, and overall health issues for your dog.

Signs of Dental Problems in Dogs:

If you notice your dog is showing any of the signs below, contact our office to book a dental examination.

  • Bad breath (Halitosis)
  • Discolored or yellowing teeth
  • Receding and/or bleeding gums (Gingivitis)
  • Drooling (more than average)
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Poor appetite
  • Sneezing and nasal discharge (from an abscess that breaks into the nasal passages)

Caring for Your Dog's Teeth at Home

Brushing your dog's teeth regularly is the best way to avoid dental problems. It also gives you a chance to look for any signs of a dental issue. Brushing their teeth daily is ideal, however, we realize how difficult accomplishing that goal may be. Aim to brush their teeth at least two or three times per week. The more you brush your dog's teeth, the more they'll get accustomed to it, making daily brushing easier over time.

Dental chews and treats can also benefit your pup's oral health. They help remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth, all while giving your dog something fun and yummy to snack on. Keep in mind, brushing your dog's teeth and offering dental chew should only be used to assist regular dental visits to the vet.

Where can I get my dog's teeth cleaned?

Contact our team at Fayette Veterinary Medical Center to book a professional teeth cleaning for your dog. Most local veterinary offices have the tools to evaluate, diagnose, and treat dental health problems in dogs.

During your pup's dental visit, ask the veterinarian about tips and techniques on caring for their teeth at home.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is your dog due for a professional teeth cleaning and exam? Contact our Fayetteville vets to book an appointment today.

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Fayette Veterinary Medical Center is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Fayetteville companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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