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Do Dogs Need Dental Cleaning? Signs Your Dog Needs Dental Cleaning

Dental problems in your dog can lead to chronic pain and other health issues. Fortunately, many dental health problems can be avoided with regular dental exams and professional cleanings, as well as a little extra care at home. Our veterinarians discuss the symptoms of dental health problems in dogs as well as simple ways to keep your dog's mouth healthy.

Your Dog's Dental Health

If you've ever had a toothache, you know how dental problems can affect your overall health, from lowering your energy to spoiling your appetite and exhausting you from dealing with the pain.

It is very similar when your dog has dental health issues. If your dog develops tooth decay or periodontal disease, he or she may suffer from severe chronic pain that affects their overall health and quality of life.

But how can you tell if your dog is experiencing dental health problems?

What are the signs of dental health problems in dogs?

There are a number of signs and symptoms that your dog may be suffering from dental problems that require medical attention. Contact your veterinarian to schedule a dental appointment for your dog if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Bad breath
  • Loose, broken, or badly decayed teeth
  • Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
  • Brown or yellow teeth
  • Obvious signs of tartar buildup
  • Abnormal drooling
  • Chewing, or dropping food from their mouth
  • Reduced appetite
  • Dropping food from their mouth while eating
  • Pain in or around the mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Swelling in the areas around the mouth
Additions symptoms associated with poor dental health in dogs include:
  • Lack of energy
  • Weight Loss
  • Short temper
  • Reluctance to play

Do dogs need their teeth cleaned?

Dental cleanings once a year can help to prevent the symptoms above from developing in your dog's mouth. Our vets believe that prevention is always better than treating a progressed disease.

It's easy to keep your dog's teeth in good shape. Professional dental cleanings and examinations once a year, combined with some extra attention at home, can help keep your dog's mouth healthy and attractive.

What is involved in professional dental cleanings for dogs?

To begin, your pet will be sedated so that the dentist can safely perform all the necessary work, and keep your dog calm and safe.

Once your pooch has been sedated your vet will perform a comprehensive examination of your pup's mouth, checking for dental issues such as those listed above. Dental X-rays may also be taken in order to get a complete picture of your dog's dental health.

To treat and prevent decay and periodontal disease, your dog's teeth will be thoroughly cleaned above and below the gum line. In some cases, a fluoride treatment and sealant may be applied to your dog's teeth to help prevent plaque buildup.

After your pup's dental appointment is complete your vet will speak to you about any findings and let you know if further treatment is required. Dogs with advanced dental issues may need to see the veterinarian more often for dental cleanings and examinations. 

How do I care for my dog's teeth at home?

Keeping your pup's teeth clean and healthy between appointments simply requires a little extra care.

Brushing your dog might not be as difficult as you think. Most pet supply stores sell traditional toothbrushes (like you or I would use) or simple finger brushes that, when combined with a small amount of canine-specific toothpaste, can make brushing your dog's teeth simple and enjoyable.

Starting a brushing routine while your dog is a puppy will help to make oral hygiene a normal part of your dog's day.

If your dog will not tolerate you cleaning their teeth, you can find a wide range of treats, foods, and toys designed and formulated to help improve your dog's dental health.  

When should I get my dog's teeth cleaned?

Consult your veterinarian to find out when your dog's first dental appointment should be. Your dog's veterinarian can assess the health of his or her mouth and recommend when and how often you should have your dog's teeth cleaned. Most dogs benefit from yearly dental visits to keep dental problems at bay.

Where can I get my dog's teeth cleaned?

The good news is that getting your dog's teeth professionally cleaned can be as easy as booking an appointment with your vet. At Aadobe Animal Hospital in Staten Island our team of veterinary professionals can work with you to provide your dog with the very best oral health care. We perform a range of dental services from cleanings to dental surgery to help keep your pup's mouth looking and feeling great.

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.

Contact our Staten Island vets today to book a dental appointment for your canine companion.

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