Dental Cleaning for Pets

Reasons To Have Your Pet's Teeth Cleaned

Cosmetic

Cleaning your pet's teeth involves removing all the tartar and then polishing them so that they will be pretty and white just like after you go to the dentist.

Better Breath

The tartar and plaque on your pet's teeth is a major contributor to the "dog breath" syndrome. Having the teeth cleaned will improve your pet's breath so you won't mind as much when they give you kisses!

Oral Health

Pets get dental disease just like we would if we never or rarely brushed our teeth. They can get reddened, inflamed gums (gingivitis) and loose or painful teeth just like we do. However, because pets cannot tell us that they have a toothache and may naturally tend to hide their pain so we may not realize that they are suffering. Regular dental care at home and cleaning by your veterinarian can prevent and relieve the mouth pain that many older pets are suffering from. Many owners have just assumed that their pet was "getting older" because they were eating less and sleeping more only to find that a dental cleaning by their vet returned their pet to an active happy lifestyle. You can imagine you would not want to eat or play either if you had a chronic toothache!

Systemic Health

When your pet's gums are inflamed and red the blood vessels come closer to the surface of the gum. This is important because the tartar you see on your pet's teeth is 30-70% bacteria by weight and every time the pet eats or chews some of that bacteria can break off and get absorbed into the bloodstream. The bacteria can then go to any organ of the body (like the kidneys or heart) and cause disease. The damage is done slowly and builds up over the pet's lifetime so that we may not see any signs until later in life when it is too late. As a result keeping your pets teeth clean is a way to help them live a longer more enjoyable life.

A dental cleaning may be scheduled at any time and you may feel free to ask our staff about home care options.

Phone: 417-865-5367
Fax: 417-865-8012
Address:
902 West Kearney
Springfield, MO 65803
Hours:
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Closed Sunday
For emergencies, call:
Emergency Veterinary Clinic of SW Missouri 417-890-1600

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