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Dental Care

Importance of Pet Oral Care

Pets can add joy and happiness to your household. At the same time, they bring extra responsibilities in the form of veterinary care. As a pet owner, you’re responsible for your dog or cat's health and wellness, including his oral health. Regular dental exams and teeth cleaning from TLC for Pets in Reisterstown will help keep your pet’s teeth and gums in the best of health. If you’re a new pet parent, here’s what you should know about pet dental care.

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Your Vet’s Role in Oral Health Care

Your pet’s oral health will have an impact on his overall health and wellness. Dental problems and diseases can weaken your pet’s immune system, making him more susceptible to medical health issues. Regular dental exams by your Reisterstown veterinarian can catch dental issues early on before they escalate into major problems that require lengthy (and costly) treatment. Early detection and treatment of dental problems can save your pet’s teeth while protecting his overall health.  

Dental cleanings at our animal hospital can reduce the risk of your pet developing periodontal disease, a serious gum infection that can damage your dog and cat’s teeth. If the infection enters your pet’s blood, it can damage his kidneys, heart, and liver. During teeth cleaning, your veterinarian will remove all plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth, particularly under the gum line, to reduce the risk of periodontal disease. Cleanings are done under anesthesia so your pet feels no pain. We’ll also polish your dog or cat’s teeth, leaving them shiny and white. Clean teeth are healthy teeth, free of bacteria and infection.

If your pet is suffering from any other dental issues like abscesses, fractured teeth, mouth tumors, etc., we’ll outline a plan for treatment to restore the health and function of his teeth.

At TLC for Pets, you’ll work with Dr. Michel Lucas, Dr. Joy Goode, and a team of veterinary experts in maintaining your pet’s oral health. Our animal hospital is fully capable of handling all aspects of your pet’s dental care. We’ll make sure your pet gets the TLC he needs.        

How Pet Owners Can Help

As a pet owner, you play an important role in maintaining your pet’s oral health. By training your pet to accept tooth brushing at home, you can help keep his teeth fresh and clean. The earlier you introduce a toothbrush to your pet, the easier it is to get him accustomed to tooth brushing. You can also invest in pet toys and treats that promote healthy teeth. Your pet will be much happier with a healthy set of teeth.

Visit Our Animal Clinic Today

To schedule your pet’s dental exam in Reisterstown, contact TLC for Pets at 410-833-1717 today.