Dental Care for Your Pet
The condition of your pet’s teeth has a more significant impact on their overall health than you might think. Dogs and cats are just as susceptible to plaque buildup and gingivitis as humans, but unlike humans, they do not receive the same level of dental care. At Sharon Veterinary Clinic, we consider pet dental care to be one of the most important veterinary services available, and have provided this service to many pets in and around the Foxborough community. We offer complete care, from oral exams to cleanings to perioceutics, to keep your pet’s mouth clean and healthy.
Dental Care Services in Foxborough
Comprehensive pet dental care involves treatment, maintenance, and prevention to preserve your pet’s teeth and gums. Our dental services and products include:
- Oral exams
- Digital dental X-rays
- Dental prophylaxis (cleaning with ultrasonic scaling instrument)
- Tooth extractions
- T/D dental diet
- Cleanse wipes
One of our primary goals when caring for your pet’s teeth is to prevent extractions and preserve teeth whenever possible. If we can save a tooth from being extracted, we perform perioceutics. A tooth with severe gingival recession ends up with gaping pockets in the surrounding gum tissue, where bacteria collect. Our veterinary technician will clean in and around that tissue and perform deep gingival scaling and root planing around the tooth, and inject antibiotic (Doxirobe) into the pockets around the tooth. This reduces the depth of the pocket, reduces inflammation, and facilitates gingival reattachment to the tooth, prolonging its health.
Maintaining Your Pet’s Teeth
We recommend that you brush your pet’s teeth at least 5 days a week for the best results. Brushing your pet’s teeth can be a challenge, especially if you are attempting to start them out later in life. However, because pets can begin developing gum disease as early as 3 years old, we recommend that they have their first cleaning between the ages of 2 and 3. Yearly checkups are also very important, and give us a chance to catch gum disease before it can progress any further.
Loose or broken teeth, red, swollen gums, bad breath, and a decreased appetite could indicate the onset of gum disease. If your pet is showing any of these symptoms, please call us today at (781) 784-7554 so we can whether a cleaning will be necessary.