Your pet’s world revolves around his mouth.

A regular dental hygiene routine—one that includes at-home care and dental cleanings—is crucial for keeping your pet’s teeth fresh and clean. Periodontal disease is a common issue among household pets, and it can cause serious health problems throughout your pet’s entire body. It’s important to stay on top of your pet’s dental care to keep your pet smiling bright and to prevent serious illness.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease affects the mouth, gum tissue and teeth. It is the most common medical disorder affecting pets nationwide; more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have dental disease by the time they turn three. If left untreated, it can cause serious health problems, and advanced dental disease significantly impacts your pet’s quality of life. For example, oral pain makes eating difficult and leads to chronic discomfort. Plus, harmful bacteria originating in the mouth can enter the bloodstream, causing serious complications of the heart, kidneys and liver as well as other systemic disorders.

How can you prevent dental disease in your pet?

Fortunately, because it progresses slowly, dental disease is entirely preventable. A good oral health routine is key for avoiding most types of periodontal disease.

Your pet’s first (and best) line of defense against dental disease is regular dental exams and cleanings at Circle L Animal Hospital. Dental cleanings include hand scaling and curettage to remove plaque and tarter, polishing and rinsing, which all improve tooth and gum health significantly.

Why have your pet’s teeth cleaned at Circle L Animal Hospital?

Not all dental cleanings are the same, however. To protect your pets and ensure they get the care they need, your pet’s regular veterinarian should always clean your pet’s teeth.

When you have your pet’s teeth cleaned at Circle L Animal Hospital, you ensure that your pets receive the best care possible. Our veterinarians know you and your pets personally, so we are familiar with the nuances in their behaviors and personalities, and we know the ins and outs of their health histories. Since our vets have long-term relationships with you and your pets, we know the kind of specific care your pets need.

Our veterinarians, Dr. Armstrong, Dr. Card, Dr. Vanesian, have decades of experience performing dental procedures on pets, so your pets always receive knowledgeable and compassionate care from us.

We also take precautions to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for cleanings. Many low-cost dental facilities don’t do blood work before cleanings, but at Circle L Animal Hospital, we run blood tests before every single dental procedure. Blood work is a crucial safety step, as it verifies that your pet is well enough for anesthesia.

Circle L Animal Hospital’s oral health services include:

  • Preanesthetic blood work
  • Dental examinations
  • Dental cleanings
  • Tooth extractions
  • Toothbrushing education

When your pets get their teeth cleaned at Circle L Animal Hospital, there’s no question about the level of care they receive. Compassionate, thorough and well-trained veterinarians and technicians always tend to your animals at our veterinary hospital.

To schedule a dental exam or cleaning at Circle L Animal Hospital, contact us online or call 928-237-5860.