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Signs Your Dog Needs a Dental Cleaning

If you have a dog, then you likely know how important routine dental care is for their overall health. Our vets in Oklahoma City talk about when and why you should have your dog's teeth cleaned, and the signs that it may be time to bring your pup in for professional dental care.

Do dogs need their teeth cleaned?

Do dogs need a dental cleaning? The answer is absolutely!

A dental cleaning for your dog may include a thorough examination, teeth cleaning, and polishing to remove tartar and plaque that causes periodontal disease. This will have to be done while your dog is under general anesthesia.

Once anesthetized, your veterinarian will examine your dog's mouth and note any abnormalities. A dental probe will be used to assess gum bleeding and periodontal pockets, where food can accumulate and cause decay if not properly cared for.

When should I get my dog's teeth cleaned?

It's recommended to clean your dog's teeth once a year, but this may vary depending on the breed. Certain dog breeds necessitate more frequent dental cleanings, so check with your veterinarian to see if your dog requires additional cleanings.

During a dental cleaning, your pet will be sedated for their and the staff's safety. The veterinarian needs to first perform X-rays to determine if there are any underlying issues.

How to Tell When Your Dog Needs a Dental Cleaning

An easy way to tell if your dog needs a teeth cleaning is just by looking at their teeth. A dog's teeth will show a buildup of plaque. If you notice some plaque buildup or gingivitis in your dog's mouth, it's probably time for a dental cleaning.

These issues will only get worse if they aren't addressed early on, and they can lead to serious dental issues and sensitivity for your dog.

Signs of Dental Problems in Dogs:

The following are some of the most common signs of dental problems in dogs:

  • Bad breath (Halitosis)
  • Discolored or yellowing teeth
  • Receding and/or bleeding gums (Gingivitis)
  • Drooling (more than average)
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Poor appetite
  • Sneezing and nasal discharge (from an abscess that breaks into the nasal passages)

What You Can Do At Home

The best thing you can do for your dog is brush their teeth at home on a regular basis! The more the better, but even two or three brushings per week will keep them in good shape. Brushing your dog's teeth on a daily basis becomes easier as they become accustomed to the process.

Where can I get my dog's teeth cleaned?

If you need help learning how to brush your pet's teeth, please contact our Oklahoma City vets and we will guide you in the right direction.

To schedule a professional teeth cleaning for your dog, please contact our team at Putnam North Animal Hospital. Your dog, like you, should have a dental examination once a year. Pets with a higher risk of dental problems may require more frequent visits.

Our veterinarians can assess, diagnose, and treat dental health issues.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If your dog is in need of a dental exam or professional cleaning, contact our Oklahoma City vets to schedule an appointment.

Welcoming New Patients

Putnam North Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our team is passionate about the health and well-being of dogs and cats from across Oklahoma City. Get in touch today.


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