Pet Dental Care

Pet Dental HealthChew toys and general use will not necessarily maintain your pet's pearly white choppers, as animals can encounter dental problems and diseases just like humans. Dental disease can be painful, inhibit proper nutrition, and lead to other serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet's health before symptoms are even noticeable. Regular dental check-ups at Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Hospitals, combined with good dental hygiene at home, can increase your pet's health, vitality, and well-being, and help ensure your pet leads the best life possible.

Protecting Your Pet's Dental Health at Stiern and Southwest

Our veterinarians and staff believe the foundation of good dental care begins with a complete oral exam followed by a thorough cleaning with ultrasonic scalers designed to remove plaque and slow its buildup.

At our veterinary hospitals, we provide dental care which includes:

  • Oral examinations under anesthesia
  • Cleanings with ultrasonic scalers
  • Diagnosis of and treatment options for periodontal disease
  • Extractions
  • Polishing

Before and After

In Between Cleanings: Dental Care at Home

By ensuring your pet receives annual dental exams, you can prevent serious dental problems from developing. In between visits to your veterinarian at Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Hospitals, check your pet's teeth regularly for signs of problems. Brushing your pet's teeth is the single most important procedure you can do to maintain good oral health. Brushing can dramatically decrease the incidence of gingivitis and can increase the interval between teeth cleaning appointments, if done regularly.

If you are unsure how to brush your pet's teeth, please ask a staff member at Stiern or Southwest Veterinary Hospital for instructions. We are happy to help! We also encourage you to click here to view a helpful video on brushing your pet's teeth.

We also recommend feeding your pet a dental diet. Hill's nutritionists and veterinarians developed Prescription Diet® t/d® clinical nutrition especially formulated to support your dog's dental health. In fact, t/d is clinically proven nutrition to reduce plaque, stain and tartar buildup.

Signs of Pet Dental Problems

Halitosis, or bad breath, is the most common sign of dental disease. Classic "doggy breath" is not necessarily normal. The major cause of halitosis is periodontal disease. This is an infection of the gums and potentially the other supporting structures of the teeth.

Pet Tooth carePlaque builds up every day on the tooth surface including at the gum line. Left in place, the plaque can mineralize, or harden, in less than two days, forming calculus or tartar. The continued buildup of tartar above and below the gum line can eventually produce an environment for certain types of bacteria that may be more destructive to the periodontal tissues and also produce a more noticeable odor.

Additional signs of dental disease include:

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Yellow-brown plaque crust on teeth, near the gum line
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating

Please call Stiern Veterinary Hospital at (661) 327-5571 or Southwest Veterinary Hospital at (661) 327-5719 today if your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms. Our team can help save your pet from the discomfort and health risks caused by dental diseases.