Pet Dental Care
Professional Dental Services for Pets in Howell, MI
Good dental hygiene is an important part of your dog or cat’s overall health and well-being. At Town Center Veterinary Associates, we will perform a comprehensive dental exam at your pet’s annual wellness exam. Our skilled veterinarians perform every dental procedure using state-of-the-art equipment and our professional dental treatments will prevent your pet from suffering from dental disease.
Professional Preventative Dental Care
Our professional dental care includes a complete dental exam, ultrasonic scaling, and polishing. First, we place your pet under anesthesia and remove plaque and tartar using hand instruments and power scaling equipment. Then we clean and polish your pet’s teeth using ultrasonic technology. We will perform a thorough oral exam and check each tooth for mobility, fractures, malocclusion, and periodontal disease.
Digital Dental Radiology
Digital radiology, also known as digital x-ray, is an advanced dental technology that allows us to examine individual teeth for bone loss, hidden fractures, or swelling that may be present. Thanks to digital technology, the images appear on the screen within minutes, allowing us to diagnose and treat your pet quickly and efficiently. This also reduces the amount of time your pet is exposed to radiation.
At-Home Dental Care
Our veterinarians recommend regular at-home dental care to prevent the buildup of plaque on your pet’s teeth. Brushing your pet’s teeth on a daily basis will reduce or eliminate plaque buildup. Plaque (an accumulation of bacteria) can progress to periodontitis, which is an infection characterized by inflammation and oral pain. If the disease is left untreated, it will eventually loosen and destroy the teeth, possibly leading to bone loss. Periodontitis can also hav
e serious repercussions on the liver, kidneys, and heart.
Common signs of dental disease in pets include:
- Bad breath
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Loose teeth
- Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Erosive lesions
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
- Loss of appetite or loss of weight
- Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
If your dog or cat exhibits any of the signs of dental disease, please call us to schedule a dental exam for your pet.