Dental Care is Important for Your Pet. Here is why.
Just like people, when your pet's teeth are left unattended, your pet will develop gum disease and other dental problems. This is why it is important to establish a good dental care routine for your pet at home and bring your pet in for regular dental examinations.
Proper dental care can detect dental disease that not only affects the mouth, but can also lead to more serious health problems such as heart, lung, and kidney disease. Good dental hygiene is just as important for pets as it is for humans. Yet, it is one of the most overlooked areas in pet health. Without the proper dental care, your pet can suffer from gum disease which eventually leads to periodontal disease - an inflammation and infection of the bone and other tissues.
Gum disease can be easily prevented with regular visits to your Veterinarian for dental care and dental cleanings for your pet.
Signs that your pet may have a dental problem
- Your pet has very bad breath
- You notice excessive drooling
- You can see loose teeth
- The presence of tumors on the gums, and cysts beneath the tongue
If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, please schedule an appointment with us immediately.
What Happens During an Oral Examination
First, we will examine your pet's mouth while they are awake. General anesthesia is necessary to perform a comprehensive exam, take dental radiographs(X-Rays), and perform the professional cleaning and polishing of the teeth. While under anesthesia we will evaluate puppies and kittens for problems related to deciduous (baby) teeth, missing teeth, extra teeth, swelling, and oral development. As your pets age, we will examine your pet for developmental anomalies, accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors. We will then remove any plaque and tartar and clean above the gum line.