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Brushing Up on Pet Dental Care

The gateway to your pet’s health is their mouth. At Wrigleyville Veterinary Center, we strive to educate and guide our clients in providing routine dental care for their pets. Like us, our pets need clean teeth and gums to avoid painful oral infections, tooth loss, and dental disease. If these conditions develop, they can create a domino effect of other health problems and diminish your pet’s quality of life.

Your Pet’s Bad Breath is Hiding a Bigger Problem

Does your pet’s breath make you wrinkle your nose? Bad breath can signify the onset of dental disease and should be addressed quickly. Dental disease is one of the most common clinical conditions affecting dogs and cats today. While it may not seem as serious as heart disease or kidney failure, untreated dental disease can in fact lead to disease of the heart, liver, and kidneys.

Without proper dental care, food will continue to build up on your pet’s teeth. This leads to the formation of plaque and tartar, which can spread below the gum line and release harmful bacteria. The resulting infection creates deep pockets around the teeth and can cause tooth loss.

How We Help with Dental Disease Prevention

For all the problems dental disease can cause, it can be prevented very easily with the right dental care regimen. If your pet has need of our professional dental services, we can offer:

  • Teeth cleaning procedures involving scaling and polishing the teeth to remove plaque and tartar and smooth enamel surfaces
  • Digital, full-mouth dental X-rays to inspect the teeth internally and look for subgingival (below the gum line) damage
  • Tooth extractions and other minor oral surgeries

What You Can Do at Home

To manage your pet’s oral health between professional cleanings, you can:

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Brush your pet’s teeth daily, which is highly recommended. Daily brushing reduces plaque buildup, keeping their mouth cleaner and healthier.

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Try switching your pet to a tartar-control diet and giving them dental chews (for dogs only) instead of treats.

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Use oral wipes and water additives if your pet is resistant to having their teeth brushed.

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Be on the lookout for signs of an oral problem, such as excessive drooling, bad breath, difficulty eating, swollen gums, and decreased activity.

If your pet is showing signs of a dental problem, give us a call at (773) 698-7525. We can perform a thorough checkup and help you decide on the next best steps to a successful treatment.

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