Pet Dentistry

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Pet Dentistry

Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or visited the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a common and painful reality. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by age 3. Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.

Common signs of dental disease include:

  • Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Changes in eating or chewing habits
  • Pawing at the face
  • Loose teeth
  • Depression

Even if your dog or cat doesn’t have symptoms, we recommend having a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will deteriorate the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery.

Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body: bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause severe infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. If these problems aren’t caught and treated quickly, they can result in death. A physical exam and appropriate laboratory work can determine if an infection in the mouth has spread.

Schedule your pet’s dental exam today! We can also help show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup in between regular dental cleanings.