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Dental care is necessary to keep your pet's mouth vigorous. We want to help them avoid problems caused by abscessed teeth like tartar build up and gum disease. We offer many dental care options.
• Bad breath (one of the first signs of periodontal disease)
• Red or swollen gums
• Loose or missing teeth
• Discomfort when mouth or gums are touched
• Possible decreased appetite or weight loss due to difficulty chewing
The American Animal Hospital Association recommends regular oral examinations and dental cleanings, under general anesthesia, for all adult dogs and cats. A veterinarian should evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. This is recommended because bacteria and food debris accumulates around a pet’s teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss. We can recommend and demonstrate preventative measures you can begin at home. Our wellness program emphasizes and explains how you can avoid costly dental procedures with your pet in the future.
• Ultrasonic dental scaling
• Sub-gingival scaling curettage (under the gum scaling)
• Polish and fluoride rinse
• Digital dental radiographs (extraction prevention)
Imagine never brushing your teeth. How would your teeth look? How would your mouth feel? Studies show that 50% of all dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease. That number jumps to 75% when you look at pets over age three. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause infection, pain and tooth loss over time. It can also lead to microscopic changes in the heart, liver and kidneys and can cause serious health problems for your pet.
Dental disease can be easily prevented by visiting your veterinarian regularly for dental examinations and cleanings.