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How to Take Care of Your Dog's Teeth

If you haven't thought about your dog's teeth lately, you may be neglecting his oral care. Oral health is essential for dogs as dental issues can negatively impact their overall health. Your senior dog is particularly at risk due to a weaker immune system as he ages. At Jackson Animal Clinic, we offer professional dental services to help improve your pet's oral health. Here's what you should know about our dental care for dogs.

Dental Exams and Cleanings

Your dog needs strong, healthy teeth for eating and playing. If your pet's teeth become infected or damaged, your pup could suffer permanent tooth loss, which will lower his quality of life.

Professional pet dental care is key to dental disease prevention and optimal oral health, especially for your senior dog who is more susceptible to dental issues. Annual exams and cleanings can help prevent dental issues before they start. If your pet does have a problem, our Jackson veterinarians can catch and treat it early before too much damage is done.

A dental exam entails a thorough inspection of your pet's mouth, teeth, and gums for signs of any diseases or other conditions. We'll take x-rays to check your pet's bone health under the gumline where bacteria can breed. From there, our veterinarians will scale your pet's teeth to remove plaque and tartar that can lead to infections, decay, and gum disease. Lastly, we'll polish your dog's teeth, leaving them smooth and shiny. Our dog dental services are performed under anesthesia, so your pet feels no pain and discomfort throughout his treatment.

Tips for Home Dental Care

In addition to professional cleaning, we recommend brushing your pet's teeth at home or using dog dental wipes to keep them clean. Brushing helps remove bacteria and plaque that can lead to tooth infections and gum disease. You can also buy your pet treats and chew toys that promote oral health, as these will help keep his teeth healthy and breath fresh.

See Your Jackson Veterinarian for Dental Disease Prevention and Oral Care

To schedule an appointment with your Jackson vet for oral care, contact Jackson Animal Clinic at 731-668-1440. Learn more about the various dental services we offer and how you can care for your pet's oral health at home.