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Lancaster Pet Dental Care

Lancaster, CA Pet Teeth CleaningThe Importance of Dental Care for Your Pet

Regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings, combined with good dental hygiene at home, can increase your pet's health and comfort and add years to his or her life. Just like pet wellness examinations, oral care is an important part of your pet's overall preventive healthcare program.

If left untreated, dental disease can not only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition, but it can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet's health before symptoms are noticeable. For example, oral bacteria that enters the bloodstream can damage your pet's kidneys, heart or liver. Proper dental care not only prevents dental and systemic disease, but it also helps minimize the lifetime cost of care for your pet.

Veterinary Dental Services

Dr. Garha, Dr. Flynn and the rest of their staff of Lancaster veterinarians believe the centerpiece of good dental care is a complete oral exam followed by a thorough cleaning. Dental cleanings at Smith Veterinary Hospital include the following:

  • Oral examinations under anesthesia
  • Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease
  • Digital X-rays
  • Supra and subgingival scaling
  • Tooth extractions
  • Polishing
  • Irrigation
  • Fluoride application

For the most complete care, we offer digital veterinary dental radiology, which produces high-definition images of your pet's teeth. More accurate than traditional radiology, digital dental radiology produces clear images of the area below and above your pet's gum line to diagnose dental disease that cannot be seen by visual examination alone. This is a powerful tool for enabling the treatment of dental disease before it becomes much larger and more difficult and expensive to treat.

Should we find any issues, such as evidence of gum or tooth erosion, gingivitis or excessive plaque buildup, we will discuss this with you and offer treatment options for your pet. We are experienced dental practitioners and are capable of offering a number of dental procedures and oral surgeries.

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Home Dental Care

Preventing periodontal disease by keeping your pet's teeth and gums healthy isn't just a job for your veterinarian; it's also your responsibility as your cherished pet's caregiver. While nothing can take the place of regular visits to Smith Veterinary Hospital for checkups and cleanings, ongoing oral care at home is equally important for controlling plaque and tartar formation.

Brushing your pet's teeth is the single most important thing you can do to maintain good oral health. If performed regularly, brushing dramatically decreases the incidence of gingivitis, keeps your pet's teeth clean and increases the interval between teeth cleaning appointments. It also enhances the bond between you and your pet.

Brushing is best started at a young age, before the adult teeth emerge. The younger the animal is, the more likely he or she is to accept it. If you are unsure of how to brush your pet's teeth, please ask one of our staff members to demonstrate to you the best and easiest method. Also, please remember to always use toothpaste specifically made for pets, not for people.

If brushing your pet's teeth is not possible, ask a staff member to help you select the most effective dental products for your pet. The home care products we offer are carefully researched and selected for optimum health benefits.

Signs of Dental Problems

You should also be able to recognize the signs of poor oral health. If you notice any of the following, you should contact our Lancaster veterinary hospital and make a dental appointment for your pet:

  • Persistent bad breath (one of the first signs of dental disease)
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

If your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call Smith Veterinary Hospital today for an appointment, so your pet does not need to spend any more time dealing with oral discomfort.

For more information on Smith Veterinary Hospital's pet dental services in Lancaster, please call (661) 948-5065.