The Importance of Teeth Cleaning for Dogs & Cats

Dental disease is the single most common disease in both cats and dogs. Yet, it is wholly preventable! With routine pet dental care and teeth cleaning, your pet can avoid the sorry fate of a painful, damaged mouth. All Paws Veterinary Clinic offers advanced dental care services, to the surrounding Paris, TX community, including digital dental X-rays, which help us assess, treat, and even reverse the effects of dental disease.


Our Pet Dental Care Services

Prevention is essential when it comes to dental disease, and routine professional dental cleanings are one of the most effective preventive measures. Our dental services include:

  • Full examination of the mouth
  • Ultrasonic scaling of each tooth
  • Polishing of every tooth to prevent future plaque buildup
  • Extractions of broken or damaged teeth if needed
  • Digital dental X-rays to assess dental health below the gumline

Digital Dental X-Rays

Our animal clinic is one of the only ones in the greater Paris, TX area to offer digital dental X-rays. This technology allows us to get an in-depth look at your pet’s teeth below the gum line and assess the health of bone, roots, and gums. With a better understanding of any dental disease progression, we are able to provide more tailored treatments to meet your pet’s needs.

How Do Pets Develop Dental Disease?

When your pets eat, food particles build up on teeth and form plaque, which soon hardens into tartar. Tartar contains bacteria that cause bad breath and will begin to damage your pet’s gums and teeth. If left untreated, bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause damage to internal organs.


At-Home Care

Our professional services aren’t the only way to fight dental disease—there’s a lot you can do at home, too! Brushing your pet’s teeth may be the most effective way to remove plaque, but we also recognize it can be a challenge with uncooperative pets. Luckily, pet dental care has evolved to include many options for effective at-home care including:

  • Dental treats
  • Dental chews
  • Water additives
  • Dental toys
  • And more!

Talk with Dr. Gatlin at your next appointment about which of these are right for you and your pet!