Pet Dental Care: Necessary for Pet Health

Dental hygiene is an important part of your pet’s health, because dental disease can be associated with other serious health problems such as heart disease and kidney disease. But how do you know if your pet has a healthy mouth? Let us examine your pet’s teeth and gums to help determine if there are any dental issues you should know about. After a brief visual examination, we may recommend a more detailed examination (which requires sedation), a dental cleaning, or options for at-home dental care.

Why Your Pet Needs a Dental Exam

Not sure if your pet needs a dental checkup? Look for these signs, which indicate not just poor oral hygiene, but also poor health:

  • Bad breath
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Excessive drooling
  • Dropping food while eating (could indicate oral pain)
  • Yellow/brown buildup on the teeth
  • Pawing at mouth
  • Change in behavior (sleeping more often, reluctant to play with chew toys)
  • Decreased appetite, weight loss
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Scheduling a Teeth Cleaning

If you notice any of the signs listed above, give us a call at (865) 986-5450 to schedule an appointment. We'll work together to be sure that your pet's oral health is where it needs to be, or what we can do to make it better. After we examine your pet, we will offer a price estimate and help you schedule their dental procedure.

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Our Pet Teeth Cleaning Services

Pets must be placed under anesthesia for their dental cleaning, which involves:

  • Scaling the teeth (above and below the gum line) to remove accumulated plaque and tartar.
  • A complete dental exam of all the teeth, complete with dental radiographs from our digital dental unit (DDU) to examine tooth roots, presence of abscesses, bone loss, and other issues under the gum line.
  • Polishing the teeth to smooth rough enamel surfaces.
  • Applying tooth sealants after we clean and polish your pet’s teeth.
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At-Home Dental Care

The first rule of at-home pet dental care is to start your pet on a routine as early as possible. Puppies and kittens can adjust to daily dental treatments quickly, making it easier for them and for you!

Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best treatment to implement because it prevents plaque and bacteria buildup and reduces the potential for dental disease. If brushing proves difficult, there are other options available, from oral wipes and dental chews to rinses and tartar control diets. Ask us for recommendations!

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What others say about our animal clinic...

Thank you to the staff of LCAC. I met Deb at the front desk 6 years ago when I moved here and she greeted me such enthusiasm and kindness. Yesterday I walked in with my 14 year old Samoyed to have the doctor “let him go peacefully.“ Deb greeted me with tears in her eyes and a huge hug. She loved on my dog Boots and told him to go play in heaven with her dog Beans. Dr. Myers came in and gently did what needed to done. It is always painful to say goodbye- but it was so much easier being there with this great group of caring people.

- Y. Powell

We love it here! My cat is a 12-year old demon that does not do well at the Veterinarians. The staff is patient, kind and gentle with her. This starts from scheduling our appointment later in the day so we can premedicate her to wrapping her in a blanket to draw her blood. This place is amazing. Your fur babies will love it.

- S. Greenlaw

The best veterinarians in the local area. We've used them for nearly 30 years and never been unhappy. They treat our four legged babies as if they were their own.

- K. Nelson

This is the first stop for me and my animals when I need the very best in care. I have used Dr. Gordon & Dr. Bradbury for over 40 years with no regrets what so ever. They are my A Team when I need the best of attention for my large & small animals. Thanks also for a great staff to deal with in your office, you are the best.

- B. Barger

We love Dr. Laura! She really cares about her patients and shows it with her care and follow up. On several occasions, she has called to check up on our little guy! We are so happy to have Lenoir City Animal Clinic as our provider and, especially happy to have Dr. Laura as our dogs Veterinarian!!!

- D. Barnes

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