The Importance of Pet Dental Care

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Clean, healthy mouths are not a luxury for pets, but a necessity. Poor oral hygiene can be very harmful to your pet's overall well-being, and result in painful infections. Our veterinarians and supporting team members at Temperance Animal Hospital want only the best care for your pet so they can enjoy peak health throughout their life. To make this possible, we offer advanced, comprehensive pet dental care services.

A pet with serious dental problems may continue to eat and chew on their toys as usual. Bad breath is often assumed to be normal in pets, but could in fact indicate an infection. As a result, over 50% of dogs and cats develop gum disease by two years old.

Together we can prevent your pet from developing gum disease by implementing a viable, customized dental care plan. Prevention is the best medicine, and your pet deserves nothing less.

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Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment

The pet dental care services we provide at Temperance Animal Hospital fall under comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment (COHAT). This includes:

  • A full oral assessment by a veterinarian
  • Dental cleaning with a Piezo-electric scaler
  • Digital, full-mouth X-rays
  • Oral surgery as needed (including extractions)
  • Dental sealants
  • Root planing

The overall purpose of our comprehensive dental services is to treat existing problems and prevent gum disease development. Some cats and dogs are more susceptible to dental issues, and will require more frequent visits to stay healthy.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a painful inflammatory condition that occurs when calculus (hardened tartar) builds up on the teeth and spreads below the gum line. Next, bacteria are secreted into the pockets around the teeth, leading to infection and decay. The gums become red and inflamed, and teeth can fracture or become loose. In severe cases, the secreted bacteria can enter the bloodstream and affect the liver, heart and kidneys.

Telltale signs that your pet may have gum disease include:

  • Bad breath
  • Yellow/brown teeth
  • Loose or broken teeth
  • Excessive drooling
  • Dropping food while they eat
  • Behavioral changes
  • Reluctant to play with chew toys

Suggestions for At-Home Dental Care

Gum disease is entirely preventable if you start your pet on a dental plan early in their life. Try brushing your pet's teeth when they are young so they become familiar with the procedure. Ideally, you should brush your pet's teeth every day, as you would your own. At Temperance Animal Hospital, we offer toothpaste, water additives, dental chews and other products you can use at home to maintain your pet's pearly whites. 

If your pet is averse to brushing, we can help you find a reasonable alternative. Call our hospital at (734) 847-6751 for more information about our pet dental care services and products, or schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.

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The entire staff at TAH are so wonderful. Every time I have taken our dogs there we have received amazing care and service. Just recently we had a very frightening emergency with our youngest beagle. I went in hysterically crying and due to the nature of her injury we were there a long time deciding what to do. We were given all the time we needed, never being rushed. I love everyone there!
-Amy C.

Have been using Temperance Animal Hospital for the past 17 years. Always excellent care of my dogs.. I would highly recommend
-Pat R.

When I tell Darla annd Nora we're going to see Dr. Smith they act like kids going to Cedar Point they love it there
-Connie E.

Amazing staff who are incredibly educated and well informed. Top notch veterinary care!
-Sabrina M.

We took my beautiful, 20 year old cat in today, knowing he would probably have to be euthanized after suffering a stroke. We were heartbroken, of course, but the staff at TAH could not have been more caring and compassionate from the second we walked in the door.
They were sensitive to our pain, and so very respectful and caring with my baby. Thank you to the caring professionals who helped us today.

-Debbie G.

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