Pet Dental FAQ

Your pet can benefit from dental care in much the same way that you benefit from dental care. Pet teeth and gums need to be taken care of, and if they’re not, your pet can develop painful dental conditions. To help you out, we’re posting these frequently asked questions about pet dental care that we received from our clients from Alta Loma, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Ontario, Claremont, Fontana, and the Inland Empire, CA.[bg_faq_start]

What will the veterinarian do for my pet’s teeth?

Our veterinarians will examine your pet’s teeth and clean the teeth above and below the gum line. He or she will also take X-rays to identify any dental problems your pet may be having.

Can my pet get cavities?

Pets can get cavities, just like people. If your pet gets a cavity, our veterinarians will fill the cavity with a tooth filling material.

How will the veterinarians get my pet to cooperate during the dental exams?

Many veterinarians will use anesthesia to help ensure the pet is comfortable and relaxed during dental procedures. This makes the dental procedure safer for the vet as well as the patient.

What can I do to take care of my pet’s teeth?

With proper training, your pet should allow you to brush his or her teeth. To do this, you’ll need to purchase a pet toothbrush specifically made to fit in your pet’s mouth. You’ll also need to buy toothpaste specifically designed for pets. Never use human toothpaste to brush your pet’s teeth, because fluoride can have negative effects on your pet.

It may take time before your pet is comfortable having his or her teeth brushed. Training your pet to accept the tooth brushing procedure may be easier when your pet is younger. Start by lifting your pet’s lip and touching his or her teeth for short periods of time. Once your pet is used to this behavior, let your pet taste toothpaste. When your pet is comfortable being touched on his or her teeth and likes the taste of toothpaste, that’s when you can start using the toothbrush to brush your pet’s teeth. For more specific instructions on how to train your pet to allow you to brush his or her teeth, speak with our veterinarians and call (909) 980-3575.

How can I tell if my pet’s teeth are unhealthy?

There are many warning signs of pet dental disease. A few of the most obvious signs are:

  • Bad breath.
  • Discolorations on the gum or teeth.
  • Difficulty eating.
  • Loose teeth or missing teeth.

How often should my pet’s teeth be professionally cleaned?

Many pets have their teeth cleaned annually, but our veterinarians will tell you exactly how often your pet should have dental care.[bg_faq_end]

For more information about veterinary and dental care in Alta Loma, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Ontario, Claremont, Fontana, and the Inland Empire, CA, contact Alta Rancho Pet & Bird Hospital at (909) 980-3575.