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Dental Care for Dogs in Foley, AL

Visit Animal Medical Center in Foley, Alabama, for Your Dog's Dental Care Needs!

Dogs need dental care, just like people do.  Humans require regular teeth cleaning and occasional visits to the dentist for professional cleaning and check-ups.  It’s the best way to maintain our dental health, and the same is true for our pets.  Give your dog the best care possible by providing them with routine tooth care at home and periodic appointments with the “doggie dentist” at Animal Medical Center.  We’re pleased to offer professional dental cleanings for dogs in South Baldwin County!

Dental Care for Is Important for Your Pet's Health

Did you know that dental cleaning actually plays a key role in protecting your dog’s overall health and wellness?  Poor dental hygiene can cause your dog to have halitosis (bad breath), lose teeth, and suffer from oral pain or discomfort.  Tooth pain and tooth loss can have a negative impact on a dog’s ability to eat a healthy diet, but that’s not all.  A lack of dental care may have even more serious consequences, because bacteria associated with poor dental health can contribute to organ damage in your dog.  

The good news is that preventative action can help you avoid these problems.  Make an appointment for your precious pooch to receive professional teeth cleaning at Animal Medical Center, and keep your dog’s toothy grin gleaming brightly for years to come!

Professional Teeth-Cleaning for Dogs in Foley, Alabama

The best way to protect your dog’s dental health is to take a two-pronged approach.  Care for your dog’s teeth both at home and through the dental services of your trusted vet!

Doggie Dental Care at Home

These days, you can choose among a wide range of products designed specifically for your dog’s dental health.  Here are some of the options available to help you keep your dog’s teeth clean between professional cleanings:

  • Canine toothpaste
    • Don’t try to use your own toothpaste for your pet!  Toothpaste made for humans can be harmful to dogs and cats, so always use a product formulated specifically for the type of pet you have.  It’s also a good idea to use a toothbrush made for dogs.  Choose a size that’s appropriately sized for your dog, or try one designed to fit over your finger, if that works better for you and your pet.  
  • Dental chews
    • Certain chew toys and treats can be a good option, as well.  Dogs typically view these items as fun toys or delicious rewards, which makes them easier to use.  A dog’s natural instinct to chew can go a long way toward helping maintain their dental health— if they’re chewing the right things!  Always follow the product’s instructions carefully.
  • Dental powder
    • A dental powder is formulated to reduce the harmful bacteria on a dog’s teeth, promote better breath, and even reduce plaque.  Simply follow the product information for dosage and sprinkle it over your dog’s food, as instructed.  
  • Dental water additives
    • These products are designed to be mixed into your dog’s drinking water.  (See product information for the proper ratio of additive to water.)  Your dog drinks their water as usual, and the additive combats bacteria and plaque.  Both dental powders and water additives are generally easy, stress-free ways to boost your dog’s dental protection.
  • Prescription dog food
    • If your dog is statistically more vulnerable to dental issues— as certain breeds are— you may want to consider feeding them a special prescription dog food formulated to address and prevent dental or oral problems.  Speak to your vet about your concerns for help deciding if this is a good fit for your dog. 

Professional Dental Care at the Vet's Office

Brushing and flossing at home isn’t enough to keep human teeth in pristine condition forever, and this is also true for our dogs.  Even with consistent dental hygiene at home, periodic professional dental care is important, for best results.  

At Animal Medical Center, your dog can benefit from cutting-edge technology and have a gentle, effective dental cleaning.  We perform cleanings with an ultrasonic scaler, which is a modern dental cleaning tool that uses high vibrational energy to thoroughly clean your pet’s teeth.  This state-of-the-art cleaning method reaches not only the exposed surface of each tooth, but also areas of the tooth that fall below the gum-line.

In the expert hands of our dental technician, the ultrasonic scaler will polish each of your dog’s teeth.  Because plaque has a more difficult time forming on the smooth and lustrous surface of a highly polished tooth, your dog’s teeth should stay cleaner for longer periods, offering better protection between visits to the vet dentist.  Reducing plaque lowers the risk of cavities and tooth decay, preventing painful and costly problems down the road.  

If your dog needs more advanced dental care, including root canals and oral surgery, we can help through referral services.  

Dental care for pets near Gulf Shores, AL.

Dog Dentist in Foley, Alabama

Animal Medical Center offers caring, compassionate veterinary services for dogs and cats in Foley, AL, and surrounding areas of South Baldwin County.  Dr. Kasey, Dr. Meghan, Dr. Scarlett and the whole staff have dedicated their lives to providing health care for pets.  We know how important your canine companion is to you, and we’ll do everything possible to help you and your dog have many happy days together.  

Canine dental care is just one element of the many pet health services we offer for dogs of all ages.  If you would like to make an appointment to have your dog’s teeth cleaned— or for any of our other services— please give us a call or contact us online.  We’re happy to answer any questions you may have!