If you own a dog, you're probably aware of the crucial role routine dental care plays in their overall health, including dental cleanings. Our vets in White House discuss the importance of scheduling regular teeth cleanings for your dog and highlight the indicators that it might be time to schedule a professional dental care appointment for your furry companion.

Do dogs need their teeth cleaned?

You might be wondering whether dogs require dental cleaning, and the answer is a resounding yes!

Dental cleaning for your dog involves a comprehensive dental examination, teeth cleaning, and polishing to eliminate tartar and plaque that cause periodontal disease. This procedure must be performed while your dog is under general anesthesia.

While your dog is anesthetized, our veterinarians at White House Animal Hospital will thoroughly examine your dog's mouth with the assistance of veterinary staff, identifying any abnormalities. They will utilize a dental probe to assess gum bleeding and periodontal pockets where food can accumulate and decay if not properly managed.

In cases of advanced periodontal disease, it may be necessary to extract severely affected teeth, either during the procedure or later.

When should I get my dog's teeth cleaned?

We recommend getting your dog's teeth cleaned once a year, although the frequency may vary depending on the dog. Certain dog breeds may require more frequent dental cleanings, so be sure to consult our White House Animal Hospital vets to determine if your dog needs additional cleanings. During a dental cleaning service, we will administer anesthesia to ensure your dog's safety and the safety of our staff. The vet will begin by conducting X-rays to identify any underlying issues.

How to Tell When Your Dog Needs a Dental Cleaning

To determine if your dog needs a teeth cleaning, examine their teeth. Plaque buildup will be evident on a dog's teeth. If you observe any plaque buildup or signs of gingivitis in your dog's mouth, it's likely time for a dental cleaning.

Neglecting these concerns early on will exacerbate them, potentially resulting in severe dental problems and sensitivity for your dog.

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

Brush your dog's teeth at home frequently—it's the best practice! Aim for two or three brushings per week for optimal dental care. The more you brush your dog's teeth, the more they'll get accustomed to it, making daily brushing easier over time.

Where can I get my dog's teeth cleaned?

Feel free to reach out to White House vets if you need assistance with brushing your pet's teeth. We'll guide you in the right direction.

Contact our team at White House Animal Hospital to schedule professional teeth cleaning for your dog. Just like your annual dental checkup, your dog or cat should receive a yearly dental examination from us. Pets with a higher susceptibility to dental issues may require more frequent visits.

Our vets can evaluate, diagnose, and treat dental health problems in both cats and dogs.

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 needs a dental exam or professional cleaning, contact our White House Animal Hospital vets to schedule an appointment.