A dental routine is about more than just just battling bad breath. Caring for your pet’s teeth and gums now can help prevent serious health problems later.

Why your pet needs a dental routine

Dental disease affects approximately 80% of dogs and 70% of cats.* This painful gum infection has been linked to systemic disease problems, including kidney, liver and heart disease. Good dental practices and regular checkups can help.

Source: Packaged Facts “Pet Oral Care Services and Products in the U.S.” 3rd Edition, 2018.

Get a healthy start on dental care

Our vets are here to help with services and products tailored to your pet’s unique needs. Start with a dental exam that includes X-rays and a cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup.

Keep their dental health on track

To help prevent plaque and tartar buildup in between professional dental cleanings, make your pet’s dental routine a daily habit with treats, toys and supplies.

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Frequently Asked Questions

After a short and general cleaning, your pet should not be uncomfortable, although the teeth and gums may be slightly more sensitive. Pets will likely be slightly drowsy after general anesthesia for up to 12 hours after the procedure. Most patients do very well and are back to normal with in a few hours after a simple procedure.

Your pet's first professional dental cleaning should occur when they are between 3 and 5 years old. After that, routine veterinary checkups can help promote good oral health, as your vet can advise you about the need for future dental cleanings or extractions.

Do dogs really need to have their teeth cleaned?

Depending on the invasiveness of the cleaning, the procedure can last anywhere from about 40 minutes to several hours. In some cases, where pets have severe dental disease, the procedure will be staged, meaning that your pet will undergo two separate procedures with some time in between.

In order to effectively clean a pet's teeth, they need to be placed under general anesthesia. While anesthesia poses some risk of complications, the benefits of professional dental cleanings far outweigh the risks in most cases.

Professional dental cleanings by a veterinarian are necessary to remove plaque and tartar from your pet's teeth. Under anesthesia, plaque and tartar are removed from all tooth surfaces using a combination of hand and mechanical scalers. Brushing with a dog or cat toothbrush and toothpaste at least every two days is necessary to remove plaque from healthy teeth before it has a chance to harden into tartar.

Yes! Petco full-service vet hospitals perform professional dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar above and below the gumline.

Yes! Petco Grooming Salons offer teeth-brushing services.