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Why Dental Hygiene Is Important for Pets

Pets need healthy teeth for eating, playing, and protection. Routine dental care from Berkley Pet Hospital in North Hollywood, CA can help improve your pet’s oral health. As your pet’s dental health will impact his overall health, it’s important to keep up with your cat or dog’s oral care.

Importance of Pet Dental Care

Dogs and cats, like people, are prone to dental problems like plaque and tartar buildup, abscesses, stained teeth, swollen gums, and periodontal disease. Left unchecked, these problems can worsen, putting your pet at risk of tooth loss. Through routine exams and cleanings, our North Hollywood, CA veterinarian can catch your pet’s dental issues early on when they’re easier to treat. Regular pet dental care can prevent many of these problems to avoid costly treatments.

What to Expect at a Dental Exam 

Pet dental care consists of a comprehensive exam and professional cleaning. During a dental exam, our veterinarian will inspect your pet’s mouth, jaw, teeth, and gums for signs of infections, decay, or periodontal disease.

If your pet’s gums are in poor health, we’ll take x-rays to determine damage to bone structure under the gum line. Advanced periodontal disease can destroy the bone structure of your pet’s teeth, causing tooth loss. If bacteria from this disease enter your pet’s bloodstream, it can cause kidney, heart, and liver problems. Depending on our findings, we’ll recommend appropriate treatment to restore your pet’s oral health.

Professional Pet Dental Cleaning

Dental cleaning entails scaling your pet’s teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup, particularly under the gum line where gum disease begins. Then we’ll polish his teeth, leaving them smooth and clean.

We’ll sedate your pet for his exam and cleaning to keep him comfortable and pain-free. Using anesthesia also keeps him still and quiet, so we can do a thorough job of inspecting and cleaning his teeth.

Trust Our North Hollywood, CA Veterinarian for Your Pet’s Dental Care

To schedule a dental exam or cleaning for your cat or dog, contact Berkley Pet Hospital in North Hollywood, CA at 818-763-6221 today. Your pet is in excellent hands with our veterinary team.


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