Make Dental Care A Lifelong Routine for Your Pet
Your pet can’t take care of their teeth on their own, and a healthy mouth is necessary for them to enjoy a healthy, comfortable life. Bad breath and inflamed gums are not normal for any pet, and should be examined immediately. We brush our teeth every day to eradicate potentially harmful bacteria and keep our teeth strong and healthy. Therefore, we should do the same for our pets.
At Glen Ellyn Animal Hospital, we consider pet dental care to be essential to every animal’s lifelong wellness regimen, and recommend brushing their teeth daily. Regular brushings and annual dental exams will prevent serious conditions like gum disease, which can progress to heart, lung, kidney, or liver disease if left untreated.
Our Pet Dental Care Services
Proper dental care begins with brushing your pet’s teeth twice daily at home. We understand that some pets will not tolerate this procedure, and may need to rely on other services to preserve their oral health. We can provide:
- Comprehensive dental exams, which will include dental radiographs to see below the gum line and detect hidden problems
- Scaling/cleaning to remove plaque and tartar
- Polishing to smooth the surface of each tooth
- Optional fluoride treatments to reduce tartar buildup
- Extractions in cases where one or more teeth are abscessed, loose or broken
- Dental sealants to prevent tartar from sticking to the teeth and accumulating
We offer Level 1 and Level 2 dental packages to help pets receive essential dental services at a reasonable cost. The packages include:
- Oral exam
- IV catheter/fluids
- Dental X-rays (2 if needed)
- Antibiotics (if needed)
Includes all of the above, plus pre-anesthetic chemistry and CBC blood screening
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar on the tooth spreads below the gum line. Thus, the resulting bacteria secretes a substance that infects the tooth and its surrounding structures. This leads to red and inflamed gums, loose, discolored teeth, and severe discomfort. If this bacteria manages to enter your pet’s blood stream, their heart, lungs, liver and kidneys can be affected. Symptoms that may indicate gum disease include excessive drooling, facial swelling, bad breath, difficulty chewing and pawing at the mouth.
Managing Your Pet’s Dental Care at Home
To prevent gum disease from affecting your pet, you should brush their teeth twice daily and use dental chews and T/D diet food as treats to supplement their dental routine. If your pet does not allow you to brush their teeth, stick to annual appointments so we can examine your pet and determine whether a dental cleaning will be necessary. For more information about our dental services and the products we carry, give us a call at (630) 469-7400.