Importance of Pet Dental Care
- During the dental exam, the doctor will screen for conditions like periodontal disease, infection, tooth decay and gingivitis.
- If your pet's veterinarian finds evidence of these diseases, the vet will recommend treatments that can eliminate the problem.
- Pets who get regular care from the dentist have better, fresher smelling breath.
- Getting your pet to the dentist on a regular basis can prevent the spread of dental diseases that can lead to tooth loss and tooth pain for your pet.
What to Expect in a Pet Dental Exam and Cleaning
But how do you know if your pet has a healthy mouth? Let us examine your pet’s teeth and gums to help determine if there are any dental issues you should know about. After a brief visual examination, we may recommend a more detailed examination (which requires sedation), a dental cleaning, or options for at-home dental care. If your pet needs a more extensive dental procedure to be done, the veterinarian will make recommendations. One of our dental services includes:
- Tooth removal. Tooth removal is a surgical procedure we perform if your pet's tooth has become too infected or damaged to be saved. Tooth removal is usually the last resort, but can help your pet live more comfortably if he or she is experiencing serious tooth problems.
Pets are susceptible to many of the same types of dental problems as people. Some of the most common dental problems experienced by pets include:
- Periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a condition that occurs because of bacteria buildup in the mouth.
- Cavities. Cavities are caused by tooth decay and are typically a result of poor dental hygiene.
- Tooth aches. Tooth aches can be a problem for pets experiencing periodontal disease and cavities.
- Loose teeth. Loose teeth occur in cases of advanced periodontal disease, when the pet has experienced gum and bone loss.
- Bad breath. Bad breath is a sign of bacterial buildup in the mouth.
- Plaque and tartar. Plaque and tartar can cause stains on the teeth and can advance to tooth decay if it is not handled appropriately.
We want your pet to live a long, healthy life, and we understand that maintaining a healthy mouth is part of that. Your pet’s health is important to us, so let us help you with this commitment. Call today to discuss your pet’s dental care needs and how we can help!