Although at first glance it may seem like cleaning your pet’s teeth is little more than a costly attempt to get rid of the bad breath that tackles you with every kiss from your four-legged friend, nothing could be farther from the truth. As it turns out, not only is dental health important for our pet's comfort and quality of life, it is important for their overall health.
Imagine if you never brushed your teeth, never flossed, and to top it all off, ate some of the unsavory things that we all know our pets enjoy! Don’t forget to chew on bones and sticks that you found in the backyard. Now, wait seven years before you go to see the dentist. This is a year in the life of a dog. In the case of our feline friends, they commonly have a condition that actually results in painful holes in their teeth that can go unrecognized for years. You and I have a voice that can exclaim "Ouch, that hurts" but a dog or cat may just choose to go take a nap to take their mind off the soreness.
In order to ensure your pet’s mouth remains healthy and comfortable, we recommend an oral exam and dental cleaning once a year. Often, as many pets have never had dental care, the first time we see a pet there is a lot of treatment necessary, potentially including extractions and deep root cleaning. However, just like in our own mouths, if we can perform regular maintenance, we can often keep a pet's mouth healthy throughout their lifetime! If you have ever had a toothache, you can imagine what a relief that is!
Rice Creek Animal Hospital provides the same type of care you have come to expect from your own dentist: