Dental Care

Dog and Cat Dental Care

Why Dental Cleanings Are Important

Did you know that pets with regular dental care live an average of 4 years longer than those without?

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Benefits to regular dental cleanings include a decrease of bad breath, prevention of heart, kidney, and liver disease, and decreased gum and tooth infections.

Dogs and cats need regular oral care just as people do. While they don't often suffer from tooth decay, they are susceptible to gum disease and broken teeth. Our dentals help keep your pet's teeth healthy, strong, and shining.

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Regular dental cleanings can also correct problems such as tartar build-up and periodontal disease, which affects the gums, bones and connective tissue around the teeth. If not addressed early and properly, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss or even organ damage from the spread of bacteria.

Dental care for your pet is available in a variety of forms. You can brush your pet's teeth at home. There are certain foods and toys that can aid in dental care. But the best form of dental care is a yearly comprehensive dental from your pet's veterinarian.

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What Is Included In A Dental Cleaning

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For each pet that comes in for a dental at Orchard Road Animal Hospital, we do pre-surgical bloodwork to check metabolic functions. Each pet is put under general anesthesia with constant monitoring. A skilled technician uses the hand scaler to scrape or crack off tartar. We also use an Ultrasonic scaler to bounce hard to get tartar off the teeth. We use a pocket probe to check gum recession and neck lesions on teeth. We also use X-ray Imaging to check for damage below the gum line. The doctor then reviews the radiographs to see if there are any teeth that may need to be extracted. If so, the doctor will perform dental surgery, removing the damaged teeth and suturing the gums closed. We also apply a Fluoride polish to add a protective coat to the teeth.


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Starting Young


Proper oral care begins when your pet is a puppy or kitten. It’s also a combined effort between you and your pet's doctor.

You’ll want your young pet to get used to regular tooth brushing as soon as you bring it home. This way, it will be accustomed to having its mouth and teeth handled without wanting to bite or snap.

When your pet first shows permanent teeth, ensure the baby teeth are falling out as the new ones grow in. Otherwise, the new teeth can become crooked.

Also monitor hard food and chew toys. Although sometimes useful for keeping teeth clean, certain foods, toys, and bones can lead to broken teeth. And while rawhide is a popular option, we don't recommend it because even the digestible kind can make your pet seriously ill if too much is swallowed. The best bet is to choose items that your pet softens while chewing, or that it can’t get its jaws around.

A Lifelong Process

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Even if your pet appears to have clean teeth, it should still see a veterinarian for occasional cleanings throughout its life cycle. Microscopic plaque can always be building and encouraging plaque to cling.

In addition to dental treatment, Orchard Road Animal Hospital animal dentistry can assist you with oral-care advice, techniques, and diet recommendations for your pet.

Contact us at (630) 844-0100 to learn more!

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Our Location: 1175 Orchard Road Montgomery, IL 60538

Phone: 630-844-0100

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Clinic Hours
  • Monday:
  • 7:00am to 6:00pm

  • Tuesday:
  • 7:00am to 8:00 pm

  • Wednesday:
  • 7:00am to 8:00pm

  • Thursday:
  • 7:00am to 8:00pm

  • Friday:
  • 7:00am to 6:00pm

  • Saturday:
  • 8:00am to 2:00pm

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