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Signs Your Dog Needs Dental Cleaning

Knowing the signs that your dog needs a dental cleaning is important. Our veterinarians at Clearlake Veterinary Clinic will provide you with the signs that your dog may need to come to our Clearlake.

Do dogs need dental cleaning?

A dental cleaning for your dog involves a comprehensive dental examination, teeth cleaning, and polishing to eliminate plaque and tartar that can cause periodontal disease. This process requires general anesthesia to ensure the safety and comfort of your dog throughout the procedure.

Once your dog is under anesthesia, our veterinarians and their veterinary assistants will examine its mouth to identify any issues. They will use a dental probe to assess gum bleeding and periodontal pockets, where food can accumulate and decay if not properly cared for.

In some cases, advanced periodontal disease may require the extraction of the affected teeth either during the procedure or later if the veterinarian deems it necessary.

How often should It be done?

It's generally recommended that your dog's teeth be cleaned at least once a year. However, the frequency of cleanings may vary depending on your dog's specific dental needs. Some dog breeds may require more frequent dental cleanings than others, so it is best to consult our veterinarians to determine the appropriate cleaning schedule for your furry friend.

During a dental cleaning, your pet will be given anesthesia to ensure their safety and that of the staff. The veterinarian will start by taking X-rays to identify any underlying dental issues that need addressing.

How to Tell When Your Dog Needs a Dental Cleaning

An easy way to determine whether your dog needs a teeth cleaning is by closely examining its teeth. You can detect a buildup of plaque on its teeth, which is a clear indication that it's time for a dental cleaning.

It likely requires dental attention if you notice any plaque buildup or signs of gingivitis in your dog's mouth. Neglecting these issues can cause severe dental problems and sensitivity for your dog in the long run. Therefore, it's imperative to address them early on.

Signs of Dental Problems in Dogs:

  • Bad breath (Halitosis)
  • Discolored or yellowing teeth
  • Receding and/or bleeding gums (Gingivitis)
  • Drooling (more than average)
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Poor appetite
  • Sneezing and nasal discharge (from an abscess that breaks into the nasal passages)

Where can I get my dog's teeth cleaned? 

If you're unsure how to brush your pet's teeth, please don't hesitate to contact Clearlake Veterinary Clinic. Our team will be more than happy to help you.

To schedule a professional teeth cleaning for your dog, contact us at Clearlake Veterinary Clinic. It's recommended that your dog or cat get a dental examination annually, just like you go for your annual checkup at the dentist. Your pet may require frequent checkups if it is more prone to dental issues.

Our veterinarians have the expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat dental health problems in cats and dogs.

What You Can Do At Home

It's best to brush your dog's teeth at home frequently. The more often you can do it, the better, but if you can brush their teeth two or three times per week, that should be sufficient. The more regularly you brush your dog's teeth, the more accustomed they'll become to the process, making it easier for you to do it on a daily basis.

If you need guidance on properly brushing your pet's teeth, please don't hesitate to contact our veterinarians, and we'll be happy to help you get started in the right direction.

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.

If you are concerned about your dog's dental health and want to schedule an appointment, contact our Clearlake Veterinary Clinic vets. They can evaluate your dog's teeth and gums and determine the next steps for a cleaning routine.

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