Pet Dental FAQs

Like people, dogs and cats need routine dental care. Regular dental care from Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital can help preserve the health of your pet’s teeth and gums. These FAQs from your Fairway Knolls veterinarian provide greater insight into the importance of pet dental care.


How often should I have my pet’s teeth cleaned?

Routine cleanings are essential to keeping your pet’s teeth healthy and strong. In general, we recommend you bring your pet in for a dental exam and cleaning once a year. After examining your pet’s teeth, we’ll have a better idea of dental issues, if any, that need to be addressed. At that time, we’ll set up a regular dental care schedule for your pet.

What are some signs that my pet has problems with his teeth?

Foul breath, bleeding gums, and stained teeth are some of the obvious signs that your pet needs dental care. You may also notice your pet pawing at his mouth frequently or refusing to eat hard, dry foods. If he’s in pain, he may lose his appetite altogether. Through routine dental care, we can help prevent dental issues like inflamed gums, accumulation of plaque on teeth, periodontal disease, and tooth loss.

Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of missing teeth. Once this disease enters your pet’s bloodstream, it can also cause heart, liver, and kidney problems.

What kind of pet dental services do you provide?

In addition to dental exams, our Fairway Knolls vet performs dental x-rays, professional dog teeth cleaning services, fillings for cavities, tooth extractions, treatment for infections, and consultations on home dental care.

What does professional dog teeth cleaning entail?

Our dental care services begin with taking x-rays of your pet’s teeth for a clear picture of his oral health. We’ll then remove plaque and tartar that’s accumulated on your dog’s teeth, both above and below the gum line. Once plaque is removed, we’ll polish his teeth to leave them sparkling clean. These services are performed while your pet is under anesthesia. This ensures he stays perfectly still during treatment and feels no discomfort or pain.

Why is it necessary to use anesthesia to clean my pet’s teeth?

Anesthesia is necessary to keep your pet still and pain-free during dental cleanings, especially when we clean under the gum line where periodontal disease can start. By using anesthesia, we’re able to do a thorough job to prevent issues with bad breath, bleeding gums, and missing teeth. 

See Your Fairway Knolls Vet for Pet Dental Care

Healthy teeth and gums will contribute to your pet’s overall health and wellness. To schedule an appointment for professional dental care for your kit or pup, contact Fairway Knolls Veterinary Clinic at 309-663-1414 today.

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