Many pet owners do not realize that dentistry is a key component of animal health care, but just like humans, animals need routine dental care to promote a healthy mouth. When food debris and bacteria are allowed to accumulate in the mouth, they form plaque, which hardens into tartar and attaches to the enamel of the teeth. Plaque and tartar cause cavities and gum disease, both of which can be very painful for your pet. At Fourmile Veterinary Clinic, we offer comprehensive animal dentistry to remove tartar build-up and maintain your pet's optimal oral health.
A healthy mouth starts with proper at-home care. We recommend brushing your dog or cat's teeth regularly at home and offering special dental diets and chews designed to clean the teeth. Rigorous home dental care prevents plaque build-up, keeping your pet's mouth healthy throughout their life. If your veterinarian detects plaque and tartar accumulation during your pet's annual visit, they may recommend a professional dental cleaning. Fourmile offers comprehensive dental cleanings for dogs, cats, and horses. We can also perform extractions as needed.
If you notice signs of dental disease at home, such as bad breath, inflamed gums, or bleeding from the mouth, please call the hospital to arrange a dental exam for your pet. Your veterinarian will make appropriate dental care recommendations based on your pet's condition.