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Our Wichita Falls Veterinarian Answers Questions About Pet Dental Care

Dog receiving dental cleaning from veterinarian in Wichita Falls

At Callfield Companion Animal Clinic our Wichita Falls veterinarian team is happy to answer pet parents' common questions about pet dental health. 

What are the benefits of dental cleanings?

A regular cat or dog teeth cleaning removes bacteria-attracting plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) that can cause dental health problems in your animal. Moreover, by routinely having your pet's mouth cleaned (both at our veterinary facility and at home), you'll be helping your animal avoid painful and uncomfortable issues in its mouth, as well as save you from paying hundreds or thousands of dollars required to correct these issues. 

How often should my pet receive dental cleaning?

We recommend having your pet's mouth fully examined and cleaned at least once per year, though we may suggest more frequently if it has a known health issue already. This is because many oral health diseases, including tooth infections, tooth or jawbone fractures, periodontal (gum) disease, and cancer can be prevented, slowed, or reversed if their early warning signs are detected early and interventions are implemented ASAP. 

In addition to scheduling annual dog or cat teeth cleaning with a Wichita Falls veterinarian, we also recommend that you brush your pet's teeth using pet-safe toothbrush and toothpaste. Doing this in between visits minimizes the amount of work we need to do and will also help prevent issues from developing. 

What are common signs of pet dental problems?

Be on the lookout for the following signs or behaviors which may indicate a dental health issue in your cat or dog:

  • Foul odor on the breath
  • Bloody or receding gums
  • Difficulty eating (your pet may chew on one side of the mouth, drop its food, vocalize pain when eating, or refuse to eat altogether)
  • Loose, broken, or discolored teeth
  • Lumps, bumps, and/or sores in the mouth 

What should my pet and I expect during a pet dental exam and cleaning?

A cat teeth cleaning and dog teeth cleaning are fairly similar. During a pet dental appointment, your cat's teeth will be scaled (cleaned) and polished. We'll inspect your pet's gums, teeth, and mouth, and apply fluoride and any other therapeutic or preventive treatments. If any surgical procedures are indicated (e.g., root canal or tooth extraction), we'll be sure to go over the risks and benefits with you beforehand.

Because we use anesthesia on animals during their examinations, you can expect your pet to be a little groggy for a day or two following the appointment. We ask that you refrain from feeding your pet for at least 12 hours before the dental visit, and watch for unlikely signs of adverse reactions to sedation afterward.

Does my pet need anesthesia?

We do use anesthesia for our cat and dog patients during pet dental exams and cleanings. By sedating your pet, our team can more thoroughly do our job and your animal will be far less scared and way more comfortable! Our Wichita Falls veterinarian team will closely monitor your pet while under our care, and we always encourage you to call us with any concerns or questions!

Is your pet due for its next dental exam and cleaning?

Contact the Callfield Companion Animal Clinic today by calling us now at (940) 692-7000. We'll connect you with a Wichita Falls veterinarian team who cares deeply about all our animal patients—from head to tail!

New clients receive a FREE night of boarding.

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