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Why You Should Get Your Dog's Teeth Cleaned

Why You Should Get Your Dog's Teeth Cleaned

As your local veterinarians in Morehead City, we understand that dog owners may have many questions about pet dental cleaning. So many pet owners come to us asking us why is it necessary and wondering if it is safe. The vets at Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital are here to explain why dog dental cleaning is so important and to answer any of your questions and concerns.

The top benefits of dog dental cleanings

Prevents tooth loss: When a dogs' mouth begins to gather bacteria, over time, the teeth will start to fall out. As your dog gets older and more teeth fall out, they may find it challenging to eat.

Prevents bad breath: If your dogs' breath is painful to be around, it is most likely time for a cleaning. A dentist can remove bacteria from the mouth in places you cannot reach on your own, which will help prevent the bad breath.

Prevent organ damage: What most pet owners do not know is that failure to keep a dogs' mouth clean can lead to organ damage, which can be life-threatening. Bacteria in the mouth can spread to the bloodstream and infect the heart, liver, and kidneys.

Dental care for dogs requires anesthesia

To effectively clean under the gums, the vet must use anesthesia. If the vet is unable to scale under the gum line, the procedure will not be as effective and will only be cosmetic.

It is safe to have your dogs' teeth cleaned

When you put a dog under, there is always a risk of complications, but it is very rare. The vet will conduct blood work before the procedure that will determine if any underlying issues could cause complications. Failure to care for the dogs' teeth could lead to more severe consequences down the road, which can put your dog at risk and end up costing much more money. As with all health care matters, preventive care is always the best course of action.

Pet dental care in Morehead City

If you would like to schedule a dog teeth cleaning with one of our veterinarians, reach out to us at (252) 247-5595. The vets at Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital in Morehead City will be happy to make sure your dog keeps smiling for years to come.

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    Dr. Marci and the staff at Bridges have taken amazing care of my boys (who are not easy to work with I might add). They treat us like royalty and I wouldn’t trust my babies with anyone else. They are amazing, always so sweet, caring, and understanding. I just can’t thank them enough for keeping my sweet babies happy and healthy.

    MOLLY S.

    Doctor Roxanne Taylor is the best most Professional Veterinarian. For the past 30 years she has been their for us and our dogs. She has the most loving caring heart of any Veterinarian I have ever met. Thank You Doc. Taylor for all you do! Ronnie & Debbie Ennis


    truly kind and caring doctor and staff. they honestly love animals and and put their patients above everything. I had to lay my dog down, it was a horrible time, and the doctor cared enough to make sure i got her paw print, some of her hair, and her ashes. Then i got a card in the mail from the vet herself that was heartfelt, they are not in it for the money, but for their love of animals.

    GERRI R.

    I’ve been taking my birds and dogs to Dr. Taylor and her staff for a very long time – one of my cockatiels is 22 years old (they're only supposed to reach 12!) In healthy times, sickness and emergencies, the folks at Bridges have been there for me with compassion and excellent care. They are such a part of the community and are always active in animal rescue events, rabies clinics, and any opportunity to support animal welfare. These folks care like family.

    RITA E.

    I have a very high regard for Dr. Taylor and her staff. They take great care of my pets, and during a recent emergency, I was really impressed by Dr. Taylor’s tenacious, detail-oriented diagnostics and resulting treatment recommendations. Bridges is also the vet for Siamese Cat Rescue efforts in this area. I love the staff. They are so willing to work with us and they really support our efforts in caring for these amazing creatures and helping find them safe and loving homes.


    Dr. Roxanne Taylor is a great, caring vet. I breed, raise and show champion Doberman Pinschers and Dr. Taylor has been my vet for 18 years. She is beyond caring; I can site thousands of incidents. She is very thorough; her motto is ‘let’s find out, let’s be sure.’ Her staff, oh my gosh, they know who you are when you call, are so personable and do everything to make the animals feel at home. They are accessible, honest and truly love what they do. I couldn’t imagine finding better vete


    Oh I love Roxanne! The best way I can describe my experience with her is total trust. She is honest, deeply compassionate and not afraid to refer you to a specialist when it’s in the best interest of the animal. She snatched one of my Yorkies from the grave twice within his first two years of life! And when my sister and I lost our Poodles, she was so comforting. Our dogs just wag their tails like crazy when they see her; that’s a testimonial in itself!

    THEDA “FAY” S.

    I have a lot of confidence in Dr. Taylor and her practice. They go to extraordinary lengths to help animals . . . and their people! Before I moved here from New Jersey, I brought my dog to Dr. Taylor whenever I visited my daughter. It was a long way to travel to see the vet, but she helped me bring an abused very scared animal to health. She is very upfront and helps me make good decisions for my pets with complete information. I’m very pleased with the service I’ve gotten at Bridges Animal


    Dr. Taylor has been treating our dogs for more than 20 years. We breed show dogs and therapy dogs and are very particular. The folks at Bridges are gentle, kind and have never let us down. We have complete confidence in them and wouldn’t go anyplace else. We are really lucky to get to work with them.


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