Raleigh Pet Dentist: The Importance of Dental Cleanings To Your Pet

Here at Leesville Animal Hospital, we know just how important dental cleanings are to the health of your pet. Today, we want to make sure that you know just how important your pet’s dental health is as well!


The Importance of Dental Cleanings to Dogs

A lot of people know that it’s important to keep up with dental cleanings for dogs, but did you know that it’s just as important to keep your cat’s teeth healthy as well? Let’s take a look at some of the things that you can do at home to keep your dogs and your cats teeth clean!

Keep your cat’s teeth clean by:

  • Regular at-home dental brushing. Try using a finger cover toothbrush and practice brushing your cat’s teeth from an early age.
  • If you can, use your finger to rub your cat’s gums once in a while to stimulate blood flow and promote healthy gums.
  • Include crunchy foods in your cat’s diet to help to keep teeth clean. This is particularly important if your cat is on an all wet food diet.
  • Consider specialized dental foods to maintain dental health.
  • Incorporate dental toys.
  • Lastly, stay on top of annual dental cleanings and checkups. Just like people, your cats need regular dental checkups to check for cavities, broken teeth, infection, abscesses, or disease.


Keep your dog’s teeth clean by:

  • Regular brushing. Just like cats, dogs require regular brushing of their teeth to keep them clean!
  • Avoid feeding people foods. People foods are high in sugars that are not regularly brushed away on a twice-daily basis.
  • Try feeding specialized dental foods to maintain dental health.
  • Incorporate dental toys.
  • Again, make sure that you stay on top of annual dental cleanings and checkups!



Here are a few tips to help you to stay on top of keeping your pet’s teeth clean on a regular basis:

  • Make a schedule out of brushing teeth. For example, every Friday night, brush your pet’s teeth.
  • Talk to your vet about dental specials. Here at Leesville, we hold a “dental month” once every year (usually in February!) so staying on top of this can help you to save money while maintaining your pet’s dental hygiene.
  • Get your pet used to teeth brushing and gum stimulation as early as possible! This makes it a less stressful process for both of you.
  • Don’t force the issue. If your pet has serious reserves about having their teeth cleaned, forcing the issue can make it traumatizing for both of you. Instead, try to address dental hygiene through toys, bones, and diet, and stay on top of dental cleanings.

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Monday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday: Boarding pick up 5 – 6 p.m.

Call Us: (919) 870-7000
Visit Us: 9309 Leesville Rd,
                 Raleigh, N.C. 27613


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