Gum Disease in Dogs and Cats
Dental hygiene is as important to the long-term health of a dog or cat as it is to a human. Clues to dental disease are things that many pet owners notice:
- Bad breath
- Tartar build-up on the teeth
- Bleeding gum tissue
- Chewing on one side of the mouth
- Sudden inability to chew kibbled food
- Sensitivity or pain when trying to examine pet's mouth
Any of these signs should not be ignored and the patient should be examined by the doctor to evaluate the health of the pet's teeth and oral hygiene.
Pet Dental Cleanings
Dental cleanings in dogs and cats requires anesthesia. To properly clean and evaluate the teeth - anesthesia is a must! Digital dental radiographs of each tooth are performed, followed by ultrasonic scaling. A complete oral exam and polish of the teeth finish the process. Dental surgery and extractions are only done on teeth that are no longer viable and are causing a problem for the patient.
At Home Follow-up Dental Care
Once your pet’s teeth are clean, we can give you tips and tricks to help you remove food particles and plaque at home between professional dental cleanings, like pet-safe toothpaste and toothbrushes as well as dental chews. Enjoy the kisses from your pet with fresh breath!
To learn more about our veterinary dental services and how they can protect the health of your pet, call us at 904.794.4002.