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Dental Care

The Importance of Pet Dental Care

Most of us hate going to the dentist, so it is easy to assume our pets feel the same way. But pet dental care is more important than many owners realize. At TLC for Pets, we provide top-notch veterinary dental care for your pets in the Reisterstown and Owings Mills area.

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Why Do Pets Need Dental Care?

Your pet's teeth can have a much larger impact on its health than you may realize. Chronic dental problems can cause a variety of health problems, such as weakening your pet's immune system. Severe problems can even lead to systemic infections, kidney disease, heart disease, and other life-threatening medical issues. Even a minor issue can cause pain and discomfort for your furry friend.

Our veterinarians will help you monitor and recognize dental issues before they become a serious problem. Regular pet dental care can also help prevent issues from arising by keeping your pet's teeth clean and addressing any potential problems early.

What To Expect

Every cat and dog needs regular check-ups to ensure their teeth stay healthy. You can help minimize the frequency and necessity of these professional check-ups by taking care of your pet's teeth between visits. There are several products on the market such as pet-safe toothpaste and pet toothbrushes to help your furry friend's mouth stay clean and fresh. Dental chews can also be helpful for many animals. However, routine at-home cleaning is not a replacement for veterinary dental care. Our veterinarians will do a deeper clean than you can achieve at home and can address any injuries or damage that may not be visible to the average pet owner.

Dental Exams

So, just how often does your pet need a dental exam? This is a common question, and the answer is that it just depends on the pet. Most pets do well with an annual exam and cleaning, although some may not need a full cleaning quite that often. Others may need a cleaning every six months, or they may require more frequent check-ups for chronic dental problems. Our veterinarians can help you develop a schedule that suits your pet's unique needs.

Pet Dental Care at TLC for Pets

Whether your pet is suffering from a painful dental issue or it is just time for a routine cleaning, our veterinarians at TLC are here to help. If you live in Owings Mills, Reisterstown, or the surrounding areas, bring your pet in for a check-up today. Call us at (410) 833-1717 to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.