Comprehensive Pet Dental Care
Taking care of your pet’s teeth is one of the most important things you can do for overall health. More than 85% of dogs and cats over the age of three have dental disease, which can lead to other serious health problems if not treated.
The mouth can be the gateway for harmful bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Once the bad bacteria are in the bloodstream, vital organs can be harmed, including the heart, liver, lungs, and kidneys. Routine cleanings and the repair or removal of problem teeth helps protect your pet.
How do I know if my pet has urgent dental needs?
At All Pet Animal Hospital, we recommend that all pets have routine dental care. However, if your pet has not recently seen a veterinarian for dental care, the follow symptoms could indicate dental disease:
- Bad breath
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Swelling of the jaw or face
- Rubbing face
- Refusing food
- Chewing food differently or one side of the mouth
- Unusually messy eating
- Sudden change in behavior
- Nasal discharge
- Eye problems
What will happen at my pet’s dental exam?
Our veterinarian will perform a thorough oral exam while your pet is under anesthesia, looking for problem areas of the mouth including gingival pockets and broken, loose, or missing teeth. If needed, we will use dental X-rays to diagnose the condition of the teeth and jaw, below the surface of what we can see during the exam, and can perform oral surgery to correct any problems. Our technicians will then provide a thorough and professional dental cleaning using an ultrasonic scaler that cleans above and below the gum line. Polishing helps restore the smooth glass-like surface of the tooth and helps reduce a new buildup of tartar.
How do I care for my pet’s teeth at home?
Your pet’s dental health care doesn’t stop once you leave our office. Once we have cleaned your pet’s teeth, our staff will teach you how to properly brush and care for your pet’s teeth at home. We know not everyone can brush their pet’s teeth, so we have alternative products to help you provide dental care at home.