How Pet Dental Care Impacts Overall Health

Dental health is more important for a pet’s well being than many owners realize. Besides giving your pet a pearly white smile, regular dental cleaning prevents serious conditions such as periodontal disease and gingivitis—which can do more than affect the mouth. Untreated dental disease can cause unneeded pain and discomfort. In severe cases, it may even affect many of your pet’s vital organs. Pets of Big Rapids can count on Riversbend Animal Hospital to deliver optimal pet dental care for better overall health.

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Benefits of Professional Pet Dental Care

Our dental care procedures are more than cleaning appointments. We take the opportunity to examine your pet’s teeth, gums, and jaw to determine their dental health status, and what we can do to prevent further damage or decay. Our pet dental care procedures typically involve:

  • Ultrasonic scaling to remove plaque and tartar both above and below the gum line.
  • Polishing to smooth out your pet’s visible teeth to reduce future tartar buildup.
  • Extractions as needed to remove broken, fractured, or otherwise damaged teeth.

Dental radiographs (X-rays) are taken when pets need extractions, to assess for further damage and ensure no portion of a tooth is left behind.

At-Home Dental Care

Your pet’s teeth cleaning does not have to stop and end with visits to us. We offer pet dental care products for you to use at home to maintain good oral health and lengthen time between professional cleaning visits. Daily brushing with a toothbrush and toothpaste is ideal. It is important to reduce plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth so that they live a healthy life.

Book an appointment today to learn more about pet dental care and our dental services!


Amazing staff that truly care about the animals they are caring for.

- Amy E.

Thank you so much for getting Duke in on such short notice. Dr Scott was great and so was everyone else. Highly recommend to anyone.

Debra C.

Very professional and very sweet people! Always do everything they can for you and your pet. You can tell they truly care about animals.

Autumn D.

Everyone we have interacted with has been so kind and helpful. Thank you for helping us take care of our fur babies!!

Elise G.

The entire staff is very kind and caring. I've been using Riversbend for 15 years and they have helped through all kinds of good, and bad, situations with my animals.

Tracy C.