Oral hygiene is just as important for your dog or cat as it is for you. Dental issues not only threaten the health of your pet’s teeth and gums, but can impair his overall health as well. Regular pet dental care from Berclair Animal Hospital P.C. can prevent dental problems and improve your pet’s oral health. Pet dental care is an important aspect of your pet’s healthcare regimen.
Importance of Oral Health
Your pet should have a dental checkup and cleaning at least once a year to monitor his oral health. During an annual checkup, your Memphis veterinarian can spot early warning signs of dental problems or disease so your pet can receive immediate treatment. Dental problems like abscesses, bleeding gums, and periodontal disease are easier to treat in their early stages. Once periodontal disease spreads throughout your pet’s mouth, it can weaken his teeth, causing them to fall out. If the disease enters your pet’s bloodstream, it can damage his kidneys, liver, and heart.
What Pet Dental Care Entails
Pet dental care starts with a comprehensive dental exam. We’ll inspect your pet’s mouth and teeth for signs of dental problems and disease. We may even take x-rays for an in-depth inspection of tooth roots beneath the gum line.
Our pet dental checkups and cleanings are conducted under anesthesia to enable us to make a thorough inspection of your pet’s teeth without his moving about or trying to escape. Your pet will feel no pain or discomfort during these procedures because he’ll be asleep.
Dental cleaning involves removing plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth and gums, particularly under the gum line, and polishing your pet’s teeth. If we discover dental problems, we’ll take measures to correct them before they escalate into major issues that need long term care.
Signs of Pet Dental Problems
The following are telltale signs that your pet may be suffering from problems with his teeth:
- Bleeding or swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Excessive drooling
- Loss of appetite or trouble chewing
- Signs of pain when chewing
- Unwarranted irritable or angry behavior
Like people, pets are susceptible to a wide range of dental problems and diseases. Professional pet dental care reduces your kit or pup's risk of developing dental issues and helps maintain his teeth and gums. By combining professional dental care with regular home care, your pet can enjoy good oral health well into his senior years.
See Your Memphis Veterinarian for Pet Dental Care
To schedule an appointment with our vet for dental care, contact Berclair Animal Hospital P.C. at 901-685-8204 today. We look forward to meeting all your pet care needs.