Dental Care in Alpena
At Sunrise Veterinary Services in Alpena, dental care is a very important part of your pet’s overall health. In fact, we perform regular oral exams as part of an annual wellness check-up. While we always check for signs of dental disease, we also highly recommend preventive pet dental care regardless of whether or not we find signs of disease. With proper at-home care and regular professional cleanings, your pet can avoid dental complications all together!
Professional Pet Dental Care:
Reversing Dental Disease
If caught early enough, dental disease can be completely reversed with a single professional cleaning. Dental disease begins with plaque build-up which soon hardens into tartar where bacteria thrives and begins to inflame the gums. As it progresses, tartar forms below the gum line, causing severe inflammation, pain, and even erosion of the tooth. Once it has gotten this far, teeth may break and fall out. Bacteria can also then leak into the bloodstream and cause damage to internal organs.
With regular professional cleaning, this debilitating stage of the disease can be avoided. During a dental visit, our trained staff will perform:
- A thorough dental exam
- Scaling of each tooth both above and below the gumline
- Polishing of each tooth to slow the progression of future plaque build-up
- Extractions of damaged teeth if needed
Dental Exams for Small Mammals and Exotics
Our extensive dental treatments are for cats and dogs, but for small mammals and exotics, we will perform dental examinations to ensure their oral health. While scaling is not possible for small mammals, we can recommend diets that will help ensure proper oral health and hygiene.
Preventive Pet Dental Care at Home
Dental care doesn’t start and stop with us. As a responsible owner, it is up to you to continue to provide your pet with consistent pet dental care at home. While brushing your cat or dog’s teeth every day is the best method, it can be difficult with uncooperative pets and busy schedules. Luckily, there are plenty of other options such as dental diets, dental treats, water additives, rinses, and more. Ask us about your pet’s options at your next appointment!
We brought our cat Maizey in for a wellness check and immunizations this morning. The office staff were so nice! Dr. LaCross and Ruth were so gentle with Maizey and were so sweet to her. The services were very affordable. You need to stop by just to say hello to their "Greeter Cats"
Professional and friendly. They treat my fur babies like their own. Very thorough and willing to speak to you about everything.
I came here with my cat and am so happy that I did! They all care so much and are very affordable.