Pet Dental Care & Animal Dentistry Services
Your Pet’s Breath Could be Telling You Something
Dental care is extremely important to your pet’s oral health and overall health. Statistics show that dental disease affects nearly 80% of pets over 3 years old. Dental disease that is left undiscovered can cause serious health problems and infections that spread through a tooth root to the bloodstream that can then lead to organ damage. If your pet is having difficulty eating, abnormal odor coming from the mouth, unusual drooling, or soreness in the mouth, he or she may need to come in for a dental exam to determine if there are any issues. Regular dental screenings and dental care can prevent and treat poor dental health.
Pet Dental Exams
Our veterinarians take the time to thoroughly inspect your pet’s teeth, gums, and oral cavity with each wellness exam. We recommend that pets receive wellness exams annually through the age of 7, and then semi-annually for senior pets.
Your veterinarian will evaluate your pet’s health and determine a treatment plan. For healthy mouths, we offer dental chews and treats available for purchase. If your pet’s mouth shows signs of gingivitis and built up tartar, your veterinarian may recommend a professional teeth cleaning.
Dental radiographs are an invaluable diagnostic tool available to help our veterinarians assess the overall health of your pet’s mouth. They allow our veterinarians to visually examine the internal anatomy of the teeth as well as disease below the gum line, including tooth roots and their surrounding bone. In fact, 60 percent of dental disease occurs below the gum line and can’t be seen to the ‘naked’ eye. This is what makes dental radiographs so necessary and invaluable. Taking dental radiographs requires that the patient is anesthetized or sedated and is usually done as part of a dental cleaning, especially when extractions are needed.
There are a number of reasons to take dental radiographs. Anything out of the normal warrants a radiograph to make sure we are not missing a problem. Some of these indications include missing teeth, fractured teeth, evaluating vitality of teeth, painful or sensitive teeth, nasal discharge, pre and post extraction, and more.
Please contact our office for further information or to schedule an appointment: 312-583-1921