Complete Dental Care
Just like you, your pet needs dental care. If we find signs of disease, we will recommend a treatment plan specific to your animal. It is important for the overall health of your pet that we take care of any dental problems. We will recommend a home care plan that is a key part of keeping your pet healthy, as well as scheduling annual dental check ups and cleanings. If a dental cleaning is recommended, it must be done under full anesthesia.
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Common signs of oral disease mimic our own signs of dental disease and include:
- Tartar buildup
- Red and swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Generalized depression
Bacteria and food debris accumulate on your pet’s teeth and gums, and, if your pet’s teeth aren’t cleaned regularly, this leads to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay eventually results in irreversible periodontal disease and can cause tooth loss, making your pet uncomfortable in the process.
Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body: bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and from there can cause serious kidney infections, liver disease, lung disease and heart valve disease. Oral disease can also indicate that another disease process is occurring somewhere else in a pet’s body. With a thorough physical examination and laboratory work, we can determine if this is the case and treat your pet from there.