Both puppies and kittens have deciduous teeth that will be replaced by permanent adult teeth. If these baby teeth have not fallen out by 6 to 7 months of age, it is critical that they are surgically removed to preserve the adult teeth.
Dental home care comes in many shapes and sizes. After consideration, you can choose those that best fit your lifestyle. Options include dental diets (either OTC or prescription), tooth brushing, VOHC chew products, water additives, and more.
Even with good home preventive dental care, veterinary dentists recommend annual cleaning under anesthesia. Veterinary dentists recommend that small breed dogs and cats have their first prophylactic dental cleaning before 18 months; medium breed dogs before 2 years; and large breed dogs prior to 3 years of age.
When needed, surgery will be performed to remove infected and painful teeth that cannot be saved, oral masses, and gingival overgrowth. In some cases bonded sealants and/or enamel restoration can be performed to preserve teeth with enamel fractures.