Pet Dental Care
Your pet has similar dental needs to yours. Pet dentistry has become an important part of good veterinary care because unhealthy teeth and gums can cause toxic bacteria absorption into the blood. If these bacteria get a chance to establish in the lining of the heart or heart valves, a serious condition can result. Kidney damage and joint problems may also occur.
Every time you bring your pet in, we make a detailed inspection of the mouth for the presence of plaque on the teeth and inflamed gums at the margins of the teeth, as well as broken or missing teeth and bleeding. If left unhandled, your pet’s oral health could decline and lead to pain and discomfort. Older dogs and cats typically require more care than younger pets. Our hospital is set up with state-of-the-art dental x-ray equipment to examine your pet’s mouth without bothering them.
Fortunately, this is an easy problem to avoid with a new pet. We will do a dental care check on your first visit and show you products you can use to clean your pet’s teeth. If you start when they are young, they get used to it.
For older pets who have not had any dental care, we may have to step in and clean and repair their teeth and gums to restore their dental health. Some procedures may involve sedation and several visits.
What to Look For
You should have your pet checked by us at least yearly when you come in for a routine exam or vaccination booster. If you notice any of the following, bring your pet in immediately:
- Bad breath
- Broken or loose teeth
- Heightened sensitivity: Won’t let you touch anywhere near the mouth.
- Abnormal drooling, or dropping food
- Lack of appetite
- Bleeding from the mouth