Improving Oral Health with Professional Teeth Cleanings for Dogs & Cats in Baltimore, MD
The health of your pet’s teeth and gums can have an impact on their overall health, as well! Poor dental health can lead to a variety of serious health problems but at Belvedere Veterinary Center, we provide high quality cat and dog teeth cleaning services in Baltimore, MD to treat and prevent these problems and keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy. We can also provide recommendations for at-home care to keep plaque buildup under control in between dental appointments.
Has it been a while since your pet had fresh breath? They might be due for a dental exam. Contact us today to make an appointment!
Signs Your Pet Needs Dental Care
Our companions need help maintaining their oral health and should have a dental checkup at least once a year. Professional teeth cleanings are also important for dogs and cats, because they help us detect and treat hidden oral health issues.
The following symptoms or behaviors indicate your pet may need dental care:
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Red or swollen gums
- Plaque or tartar buildup along the gum line
- Chewing on one side of their mouth
- Avoiding chew toys or any tug-of-war games
- Rubbing or pawing at the mouth or muzzle
Managing Dental Health with Professional Teeth Cleanings for Dogs and Cats
Many oral problems are easily missed because they are concealed below the gum line. This is why a thorough oral exam, performed under anesthesia, is necessary. It allows us to make an accurate assessment of your pet’s oral health and provide the appropriate treatment to improve their condition.
At Belvedere Veterinary Center, our team can provide several key services to ensure healthy gums and clean, healthy teeth for your pet. These include:
Every dental exam begins with anesthesia to ensure your pet’s comfort and safety, and our ability to do a thorough assessment. We will check for plaque buildup, periodontal disease, cavities, and evidence of infection.
Dental X-rays are a part of the dental exam, and allow us to detect problems hidden under the gums and within the teeth and surrounding bone.
Cleaning involves removing plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth above and below the gum line. We will also polish their tooth enamel to slow plaque buildup in the future.
If necessary, we can extract a tooth that has become infected and/or damaged beyond repair. Your pet will receive sufficient pain relief to help them heal comfortably.
How to Manage Your Pet’s Dental Care at Home
We recommend starting your pet’s teeth brushing routine when they are young so they can properly adjust to the procedure. In addition to teeth brushing, our team is also happy to recommend products for at-home dental care to help maintain your pet’s oral health between checkups.