Lake Elsinore Animal Hospital
 (951) 376-5018
Mon - Sat: 8AM - 7PM
Sun: Closed
Vaccine Clinic Hours:
Mon - Sat: 9AM - 12PM and 3PM - 5PM
Norco Animal Hospital
 (951) 339-2219
Mon - Fri: 7AM - 10PM
Sat - Sun: 7AM - 8PM
Vaccine Clinic Hours: 9AM - 6PM
Valley Veterinary Hospital Murrieta
 (951) 801-4835
Mon - Fri: 7AM - 6PM
Sat - Sun: 8AM - 6PM
Appointment only

SCVG Pet Dental - Basic Dental Care

SCVG Pet Dental - Norco, Lake Elsinore and Murrieta

Pet Dental Care Basics for Healthy Teeth and Gums

At SCVG Pet Dental, we firmly believe that your dog’s or cat’s healthy mouth – and along with that, their overall health – is strongly reliant on prevention. That means at-home care and annual visits to your veterinarian for check-ups and maintenance care. 

At-home care includes:

  • Daily brushing, just like you do for yourself! Be sure to use a pet toothpaste – human toothpaste can be toxic to dogs and cats. Can’t do it every day? Try weekly, and work up to daily.   
  • Consider dental rinses, treats or dental-specific diets. 
  • Also, try dental-themed chew toys that can help minimize plaque build-up and keep gums healthy.
  • Look for dog and cat dental care products that are accepted by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC®).   

And, always be on the lookout for signs of dental disease, like: 

  • Bad breath
  • Swollen gums
  • Broken or loose teeth
  • Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
  • Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
  • Pain in or around the mouth
  • Bleeding and/or drooling from the mouth
  • Swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth

If you notice symptoms, or want to discuss your at-home dental care routine, make an appointment today. 

To complement your home care, it is important to schedule annual dental check-ups for your dog or cat with your SCVG Pet Dental veterinarian. During a routine dental appointment, your veterinarian will perform a complete oral exam and look for deeper signs of dental disease, including:

  • Broken teeth and roots
  • Periodontal disease
  • Abscesses or infected teeth
  • Cysts, tumors or cancerous growths in the mouth
  • Malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth and bite
  • Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
  • Broken (fractured) jaw
  • Palate defects (such as cleft palate)

Based on this oral exam, your veterinarian will review their findings and recommendations such as extractions or other treatments. In the event that additional treatment is needed, such as extractions or other, advanced treatments, your veterinarian will review any recommended procedures with you, including benefits, potential risks, prognosis, and cost details for each treatment option. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide your approval for any added treatments prior to beginning. 

For a routine check-up, your SCVG Pet Dental team will perform a thorough anesthetic cleaning of teeth and gums, and may also take X-rays to determine any underlying issues. 

Click here to learn about Advanced Dental Care services provided by SCVG Pet Dental, and our Menu of Dental Services.

To schedule a dental appointment, call us at (951) 677-5401, or request an appointment online.