SCVG Pet Dental - Dental Care for Dogs


SCVG Pet Dental - Norco, Lake Elsinore and Murrieta

Dog Dental Care: From Bad Breath to Teeth Cleaning, and More 

Periodontal disease in dogs is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult canines. By three years of age, most dogs have some evidence of periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease will lead to infected, non-viable teeth, and significant dental pain. The best way to minimize these issues is for your dog is to start out with a great dental health routine at home. This should be supplemented with regular dental cleanings performed by veterinary professionals.

SCVG Pet Dental - Norco, Lake Elsinore and Murrieta

Dog Bad Breath, A Sign Of Things To Come

Some people think that their dog's bad breath is a trait inherent to the canine species. This is a myth that dogs themselves have contributed to over the years through behaviors including drinking from the toilet, eating feces, and self-grooming habits. However, these practices alone do not account for the bad breath. A dog's bad breath is generally a result of the bacteria that live in the infected gum and dental tissue in your dog's mouth. This odor is a sign of progressive dental disease. It will improve without a thorough veterinary dental cleaning and a proper home care plan.

Signs And Symptoms Of Dog Dental Issues

If your dog displays any of the following symptoms, we recommend scheduling a veterinary appointment:

  • Bad breath
  • Problems eating, drooling, or loss of appetite
  • Red, swollen, bleeding gums
  • Loose, broken, or missing teeth
  • Blood in saliva or nasal discharge
  • Lesions in mouth

What A Veterinarian Is Looking For During A Dog Dentistry Examination   SCVG Pet Dental - Norco, Lake Elsinore and Murrieta

During an oral exam, a veterinarian looks for any signs of abnormality or ill health. Veterinarians are trained to spot many different symptoms, including:

  • Overbite, underbite, teeth that do not fit together
  • Gingivitis and periodontal disease
  • Facial swelling
  • Tartar buildup
  • Fractured or broken teeth
  • Cavities
  • Abscesses

Our veterinarians will develop a customized plan of prevention or treatment based on what is found during your dog's dental exam.

Anesthetic Dental Procedures

The dog dental care services provided at SCVG Pet Dental begin with an examination by one of our veterinarians. If dental issues are found in your dog's mouth, our veterinarian will explain their findings and recommend the appropriate dental care.

If your veterinarian recommends an anesthetic Dental procedure, your dog will be sedated for the veterinarian to be able to conduct a more thorough exam, including visualizing the entire oral cavity and throat area, probing gingival pockets to assess periodontal disease, and perform full dental x-rays. It is important to remember that half of the tooth is under the gum line. Therefore, it is imperative that x-rays are performed for complete assessment of the tooth. Quite often a tooth may look completely healthy on the outside, but on the inside, the roots are abscessed and causing a great source of pain for your dog.

At-Home Treatments

Proper dental care at home consists of daily brushing. Just like humans, dogs need the plaque and biofilm removed from their teeth on a daily basis to avoid dental disease. With a bit of practice, the vast majority of dogs will accept daily brushing by their owners. However, not every dog will tolerate having their teeth brushed, and not every person is willing or able to brush their dog's teeth. We can work with you to find the next best solution for home care.

The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) lists many dog diets and treats that can be helpful if your dog will not tolerate brushing. These approved diets and treats provide some supplemental dental care. However, just as humans require regular dental care to maintain proper dental health, dogs require additional dental care to maintain and properly care for their mouth, gums. and teeth.

Periodontal disease in dogs is fully preventable. The way to successfully do so is to schedule semi-annual dog dental exams and dog teeth cleaning appointments with your veterinarian. By doing so, you are ensuring that your canine companion remains at a low risk for developing periodontal disease.

Schedule Your Dog's Dental Appointment

Our veterinary staff is here to help make your dog's dentistry appointment easy for you, while making it as painless and pleasant as possible for your canine companion.

Call SCVG Pet Dental today at (951) 677-5401, or click here to schedule your appointment online!

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