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Cupertino, CA 95014

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Pet Dental Care

Yes, Pets Need Routine Dental Care Too!

A pet’s bad breath may be more serious than an aesthetic problem. Bad breath may be a sign of bacteria attacking your pet’s teeth and gums. It may indicate periodontal disease, one of the most common conditions affecting dogs and cats.

Just like you, your pet needs routine dental care to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

Cupertino Animal Hospital patient photos taken before/after dental cleaning done while under anesthesia:

dental-before dental-after

What Causes Periodontal Disease in Pets?

Periodontal disease is caused by the buildup of bacteria in the plaque that forms on the surface of the teeth.  These bacteria can lead to inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). Periodontal disease can even progress to destroy the gums and tissues that support the teeth which may result in the loosening --and eventual loss -- of the teeth.

The dangers of periodontal disease go beyond bad breath and lost teeth. Left untreated, periodontal diseases may cause changes in your pets’ kidneys, heart, and liver. Consequently, proper oral health care, including treatment and prevention, is important for the optimum health and quality of life of your pet.

Contributing Factors

  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Ignoring the condition of your pet’s mouth can lead to periodontal disease, tooth loss and other serious health problems, such as heart, liver and kidney failure.
  • Breed: Periodontal disease is more common in smaller breeds of dogs and certain breeds of cats.
  • Age: Periodontal disease is more common as pets grow older.

Steps to Better Pet Dental Care

Watch our Video: Home Dental Care for Cats

Home Dental Care for Cats

Cats are especially good at hiding pain and they could be hiding some serious tooth decay. It's important to create a routine at-home dental care plan for your cats to not only prevent problems, but to catch dental problems early on.To help illustrate how to do this, Dr Kureshi has made a short video "Home Dental Care for Cats". Be sure to check out our September/October Dental Specials on our website. If you didn't get the specials in your inbox, be sure to let us know your email address and we'll update your records.

Posted by Cupertino Animal Hospital on Monday, August 31, 2015

The first step toward good oral health is a Dental Health Checkup.


Every regular exam in our clinic includes a thorough dental exam. If we find signs of disease, Dr. Kureshi will recommend a treatment plan. It is important for the overall health of your pet that we take care of any dental problems we find. We will also recommend a home care plan that is a key part of keeping your pet healthy.


Plaque should be removed from your pet’s teeth every day before it mineralizes into tartar. Brushing your pet’s teeth or feeding a dental food each day will control plaque buildup.Be sure the dental food you use offers total balanced nutrition for whole health. Ask us about the best methods of home care for your pet.


Routine dental cleanings are an essential part of keeping your pet healthy. For pets who form tartar quickly or those with a history of oral problems, frequent examinations and cleanings may be advised.

Extend the Benefits of Professional In-Clinic Dental Cleaning with the OraVet System

To provide extended protection from plaque and tartar buildup on your pets clean teeth, we recommend the application of OraVet barrier sealant during your pet's dental procedure. Click the link above to learn more. Not sure which one is right for your pet, please feel free to call us (408) 252-6380.

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Why is it important to have my pet’s teeth cleaned regularly?

Like people, pets need regular dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup. If not removed, this buildup may lead to periodontal disease and more serious health problems. To help keep your pets teeth healthy, Cupertino Animal Hospital recommends regular dental checkups, dental cleaning and the use of the OraVet System. To learn more about the OraVet system, read the FAQ’s below. If you have additional questions, please feel free to give us a call to discuss if OraVet is right for your pet.

I feed my pet a dental diet or dental chews. Isn’t that enough to keep its teeth clean?

Dental diets and dental chews can scrape off plaque above the gum line to varying degrees, but do little to remove plaque under the gum line. After a thorough cleaning and application of Oravet Barrier Sealant, continued use of Oravet at home prevents bacteria from adhering to your pet’s teeth, so it significantly reduces plaque and tartar formation above and below the gum line.

What can I do to keep my pets teeth clean?

After an in-clinic dental cleaning, OraVet barrier sealant can be applied to protect cleaned teeth which fills in all the little cracks in the teeth to provide additional protection.

What is the difference OraVet System?

OraVet System

  • In-clinc application of sealant during the dental procedure.
  • At-home, weekly follow up kit.

If requested, we can apply Oravet barrier sealant during the dental procedure.

To maintain this protective barrier, apply OraVet Plaque Prevention Gel to your pet’s gum line weekly at home.

In addition to reducing bacteria that can cause bad breath, OraVet Plaque Prevention Gel may help extend the time between cleanings.

Is OraVet safe for my pet?

Absolutely. OraVet Barrier Sealant and OraVet Plaque Prevention Gel are non-toxic and may be used in pets of any age.
If I brush my pet’s teeth regularly, should I still use OraVet Plaque Prevention Gel?
Yes. The gel is effective with or without regular brushing and it’s easy to integrate into your regular pet dental care routine. Simply apply the gel once a week as directed.

Why does Cupertino Animal Hospital use and recommend OraVet?

Oravet has been clinically proven to significantly reduce plaque and tartar formation.

Where can I buy OraVet Plaque Prevention Gel?

The OraVet system is available exclusively through your veterinarian.

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Pet Dental at Cupertino Animal Hospital.
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All pets are at risk for developing dental problems. Once your pet displays any of the warning signs below, serious periodontal disease may be present.

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Signs of Periodontal Disease  

  • Bad breath
  • Yellow-brown crust on teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Change of chewing or eating habits
  • Tooth loss
  • Change in behavior
  • Abnormal drooling

Pet Dental Facts  

  • Periodontal disease is the most prevalent disease among dogs and cats.
  • An astounding 80 percent of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by age three, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS).
  • Periodontal disease is common in dogs of smaller breeds because dogs' teeth often are too large for their mouths, forcing the teeth closer together.
  • Broken teeth are a common problem for dogs, especially among outdoor dogs. According to veterinary dental experts, aggressive chewing on hard objects is a primary cause of broken teeth in dogs.

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FAQ's about Dental Cleaning

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