Annual dental exams and cleanings are recommended to protect your pet from many health problems and help them maintain a healthy and clean mouth.
Wheaton Animal Hospital offers veterinary dental care for dogs and cats. Proper oral health is a key component of your pet’s wellness program. Dogs and cats are susceptible to periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease. This is caused by bacteria infecting the gums and surrounding tissue. If left untreated, this infection can move to the bloodstream, causing heart, liver, and kidney disease.
Treatment includes antibiotics and frequent professional cleanings. Please schedule an appointment if you notice any of the following symptoms of periodontal disease:
Swollen or red gums
Yellow or brown teeth
Missing or cracked/chipped teeth
Prevention is the first line of defense against periodontal disease and its subsequent damage to internal organs. The pet experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital recommend the following preventative care plan for your pet:
A complete pet dental examination.
Performed under anesthesia, this includes ultrasonic tooth scaling, polishing, and fluoride treatment.
Home dental care
Proper diet, dental chew toys, and regular brushing.
For your pet’s safety and comfort, dental exams and cleanings are performed under general anesthesia. Wheaton Animal Hospital utilizes the latest advances in veterinary medicine, and your pet is closely monitored throughout the procedure.
Your pet’s wellness exam or professional cleaning appointment is the perfect time to discuss home dental care options. This may include brushing, dietary changes, dental chews, or other dental care products. We are available to demonstrate the proper technique for brushing your pet’s teeth. For your convenience, we offer pet owners this helpful handout to download and print: