Imagine if you never brushed your teeth or had them cleaned. Pretty frightening, right? As you can imagine, things would eventually start to go very, very bad inside your mouth: teeth would rot and decay, gums would become inflamed and infected. Bacteria from those rotting teeth would eventually travel into your bloodstream and could cause other serious health problems. And we haven’t even mentioned the daily, debilitating pain.
It’s the same scenario for your dog or cat. While some people might laugh at the idea of brushing their pet’s teeth or taking them for a dental cleaning, the fact is that by age three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Periodic dental exams help maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent future problems.
Animal Care Group of Lake Oswego offers complete pet oral health services, including:
- Dental exams
- Annual dental cleanings
- Dental X-rays
Following American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines, Animal Care Group of Lake Oswego only does cleanings and dental work on anesthetized pets. To ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia, we do require a routine blood test before the procedure.
Preventive Dental Care
Brushing your pet’s teeth several times per week is the best way to prevent plaque and tartar build-up. Interested in learning how to brush your pet’s teeth? Just ask and our veterinarians will be happy to help you get started. If you have a pet that won’t tolerate brushing, our veterinarians can also recommend products that will help keep your pet’s mouth healthy in between cleanings.
Brushing your dog or cat’s teeth is the easiest way to prevent oral infections, tooth loss, bad breath, or even major medical problems associated with dental disease. However, sometimes your pet may need to undergo a complete dentistry treatment.
Our state of the art dental department provides necessary prophylactic and periodontal treatments for dental disease. We use ultrasonic scaling, fluoride treatments and polishing; similar to human dentists. When necessary, digital dental x-rays are taken to help diagnose problems with a tooth, which can warrant treatments like periodontal implants, crown amputations, or if needed, extractions and oral surgery.
To make an appointment for veterinary teeth cleaning services, call us at 503-850-6280.