Irrespective of your pet’s breed or age, maintaining their dental health is paramount for their overall well-being. Early detection and preventive measures play a pivotal role in preserving their oral and overall health for years to come. Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth at home and scheduling veterinarian dental cleanings at least once a year can prevent various dental issues, from tartar buildup and bad breath to severe cases of periodontal disease.
Recognizing When Your Pet Needs Dental Care
Every pet can benefit from dental care. Apart from annual check-ups, be on the lookout for signs indicating your pet might need dental attention sooner than later. These signs include reduced appetite, irritability, lethargy, swelling around the mouth, bleeding, pain, abnormal chewing, bad breath, discolored or loose teeth, extra teeth, palate defects, drooling, and more. However, pets can mask their pain, and dental issues might not be apparent at a glance.
Understanding Pet Periodontal (Dental) Disease
Pets aged three and older, lacking regular dental care, are susceptible to varying degrees of dental disease. Plaque accumulation leads to tartar formation above and below the gums, progressing to periodontal disease if left untreated. This prevalent dental condition in dogs and cats manifests as bad breath, tender and swollen gums, loose teeth, and potential complications affecting other body organs.
The Initial Oral Examination
An oral examination by our veterinarians is vital to spot any abnormalities or signs of dental problems. This assessment covers aspects like misaligned teeth, gingivitis, tartar, fractures, cavities, abscesses, and more. Based on the findings, a tailored prevention or treatment plan is devised.
The Dental Procedure
Should dental issues arise, your veterinarian will discuss the situation and recommend appropriate procedures. Employing a comprehensive six-step protocol and prioritize safety and effectiveness:
- General anesthesia is administered to facilitate a thorough examination and cleaning.
- Constant monitoring ensures a safe experience.
- A complete dental exam, including x-rays, offers insight into internal dental health.
- Scaling above and below the gum line removes plaque and tartar, crucial for comprehensive cleaning.
- Polishing smoothens teeth surfaces to deter further plaque buildup.
- Flushing rids the mouth of debris.
- Oral surgery is considered only if an infected tooth extraction or gum issue arises.
Oral Surgery for Pets
In cases requiring oral surgery, your pet can find relief from significant discomfort. Our veterinary team resolves various oral issues, including gingival surgery, impacted tooth extractions, tumor removal, and more.
Importance of Pet Dental Care & Exams
Regular care and examinations mitigate dental issues, safeguard internal organs, maintain fresh breath, ensure pain-free oral health, and preserve tooth integrity. Investing in your pet’s dental care ensures their long-term comfort and well-being.
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