Pet Dental Care

Professional cleanings and examinations can prevent dental issues and ensure your pet’s oral health and overall happiness.

Pet Dental Care in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

When was the last time you had your pet’s teeth cleaned? According to the AVMA, pets who have never had a teeth cleaning show signs of dental disease by the time they are three years old. Baseline Animal Hospital recommends that all pets have a yearly oral examination and regular dental cleanings.

Gum Disease in Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats are prone to developing the same types of dental diseases and problems as humans, including gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth decay, staining, and cavities. The process of dental decay and disease starts every time your pet eats. When your pet eats, food particles get on their teeth and gums. This fuels the bacteria in your pet’s mouth, causing an acid attack on the enamel of their teeth and creating a sticky, clear substance called plaque. If the plaque is left on teeth, it hardens into tartar. When plaque and tartar are left on your pet’s teeth for an extended period, it can lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease, cavities, and oral infections.

A person brushing cat's teeth

Signs of Dental Disease in Pets

Because pets typically do not show signs of pain until it becomes severe, pet owners must be vigilant in monitoring their companion’s oral health. If you notice any of the signs below, contact us to schedule a dental checkup, teeth cleaning, and gum disease treatment.

Broken or Loose Teeth

Discomfort While Eating

Extremely Bad Breath


Red Gums

Staining on the Teeth

Swollen or Inflamed Gums

Weight Loss or Loss of Appetite

The Hazards of Untreated Periodontal Disease in Pets

Left untreated, periodontal disease in dogs and cats can lead to dangerous infections like abscesses and blood infections. Advanced dental disease may also affect your pet’s heart, liver, and kidneys. In order to avoid these potentially life-threatening conditions, it is essential to keep your pet’s teeth clean with a combination of at-home care and regular veterinary teeth cleanings.

Pet Dental Cleanings in Rancho Cucamonga

Baseline Animal Hospital recommends that all dogs and cats receive their first dental checkup shortly after they are weaned and at least once a year for every year of their lives. Pet dental checkups include an examination of your pet’s head, neck, face, ears, and mouth in order to check for signs of health problems. When the basic examination is complete, your veterinarian will completely clean all the plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth and below the gum line. Once your pet’s teeth are clean, we can give you tips and tricks to help you remove food particles and plaque at home between professional pet dental cleanings, like pet-safe toothpaste and toothbrushes, as well as dental chews.

To learn more about our veterinary dental services and how they can protect the health of your pet, call us at (909) 987-4788 or schedule an appointment online.