Preventative Oral Care Keeps Mouths Healthy
Good oral health care contributes to your pet’s overall health. That’s why it’s important to establish an oral care routine to keep your pet’s teeth clean through every stage of their life. Bad breath is not a normal characteristic for any pet, and could signify gingivitis or gum disease. These conditions may not only cause deterioration of the gums, teeth and bone, but could also affect the heart, liver, kidneys and lungs. Many pets develop some form of gum disease by age three, even though this can be prevented with regular brushing, comprehensive dental assessments and treatment with cleaning.
If you need assistance with brushing your pet’s teeth, we would be more than happy to show you. If more advanced cleaning is necessary, our veterinary team is here to offer our services. Our state-of-the-art dental tools and equipment allow us to perform procedures with the highest level of care and precision.
Most pets should have dental assessments and cleaning treatments more than once in their lifetime as a safeguard against plaque buildup and potential infections. Our veterinarians and technicians only perform dental procedures on pets that are under sedation; this allows them to safely treat issues below the gum line and make tooth extractions if necessary.
Oral Health Care Services
Routine and professional oral care can help cats and dogs avoid serious health problems. Our oral health services include:
- Routine oral exams
- Comprehensive dental assessment & treatment with cleaning
- Digital dental radiographs
- Pain management
- Surgical extractions
- Mass removals
- Oral health counseling
Knowing When Your Pet Needs Oral Care
Pets are masters at concealing their discomfort. That’s why it’s up to you to watch for any signs of an oral health problem. Any of the following symptoms could indicate that your pet has an issue that requires immediate attention:
- Bad breath
- Loose or broken teeth
- Yellow/brown teeth
- Red, swollen, bleeding gums
- Drooling excessively
- Decreased appetite
- Facial swelling
- Difficulty chewing/eating
Managing Your Pet’s Oral Health at Home
We know how difficult it can be to manage your pet’s oral care at home, especially when it comes to brushing. However, if you start your pet on brushing early in their life, they can become more cooperative over time. Ideally, you should brush your pet’s teeth at least five days a week. Regular brushing prevents plaque and tartar from building up on the teeth, and it has the added benefit of giving you and your pet some bonding time. We would be more than happy to provide you with a demonstration the next time your bring your pet in to see us! We understand that not all pets will allow their owners to brush their teeth.
To learn about additional at-home oral care options for your pet or to schedule a dental assessment and treatment, give us a call today at (312) 421-2275.