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Preventing Dental Disease with Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning in Winter Haven, FL

Cleaning your pet’s teeth doesn’t have to be a struggle. At Veterinary Healthcare Associates, we’re happy to offer cat and dog teeth cleaning services as not only your “pet dentist,” but also as a guide to help you manage your pet’s daily dental hygiene at home. A majority of adult pets have poor oral health, which can disrupt their quality of life and cause serious illness. Our veterinarians and technicians in Winter Haven, FL are determined to reduce cases of dental disease and work together with pet parents to give their companions a happier, longer life.

Bad breath is just the tip of the iceberg. Come see us for your pet’s dental evaluation.

or give us a call at (863) 324-3340

Did You Know?


of cats over age 3
have dental disease


of dogs over age 3
have dental disease
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What are the Effects of Dental Disease in Dogs and Cats?

Dental disease occurs when tartar accumulates under the gum line and releases harmful bacteria into the mouth. If this bacteria finds its way under the gum line, it can attack the gum tissue and tooth roots, resulting in:

  • Bad breath
  • Loose and/or broken teeth
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Drooling
  • Dropping food while eating
  • Face swelling
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased activity
  • Diseases of the heart, liver, and kidneys

What to Include in Your Cat or Dog’s Teeth Cleaning Routine:

Ideally, every dog and cat should have a dental care plan that includes periodic professional treatment by a veterinarian, and daily maintenance care at home.

Professional Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning in Winter Haven, FL

Our animal hospital offers services to help combat harmful oral and dental diseases in dogs and cats, including:

In-depth oral exams and digital dental X-rays for a full assessment of your pet’s teeth and gums

Extensive teeth cleaning which includes scaling the teeth to remove hardened calculus above and below the gum line

Polishing the tooth enamel to create a smooth surface and slow future plaque and tartar buildup

Tooth extractions, if needed, to remove loose, broken and/or decayed teeth

We perform all cat and dog teeth cleaning services with pets under anesthesia for their safety and comfort. This also allows us to be as thorough as possible during exams and cleanings to ensure that your pet is receiving the best possible treatment.

The road to ‘happy, healthy, healed’ begins with a healthy mouth. Come see us today.

or give us a call at (863) 324-3340

Your Pet’s Dental Routine Starts at Home

It’s important to instill healthy dental habits at home to slow plaque and tartar formation and extend the amount of time between professional teeth cleanings. Puppies and kittens adjust quickly to routines and brushing your pet’s teeth every day will become second nature. However, if your pet is resistant to brushing, you can also try:

  • A tartar control diet (available for dogs and cats)
  • Oral care wipes (gauze and pet toothpaste are also effective)
  • Bacteria-killing water additives
  • Dental chews (for dogs)
  • Dental treats (for cats)

We recommend searching for approved products by the Veterinary Oral Health Council here.

For other teeth cleaning recommendations, contact us at (863) 324-3340.