The most common dental condition that dogs and cats deal with is periodontal disease. This can start at a younger age than most owners would expect, and if not treated early or taking preventative steps it can lead to teeth extractions and health issues such as kidney, liver or heart failure. Tarter that builds up under the gum line can cause infections leading to damage at the roots of the teeth.
Routine veterinary dental cleanings are important to keep periodontal disease low. Dental cleanings give the chance to remove all the tarter that is under the gum line and fully clean every tooth. Another important part of a dental cleaning is the dental radiographs, these show the condition of the roots. When looking at the roots of the teeth on radiographs veterinarians look for any absorption of roots, pocketing, or infection.
Signs of poor dental health
- Bad breath
- Trouble eating
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Loose or broken teeth
- Blood in saliva or nasal discharge
Why does my pet need anesthesia for a dental cleaning? Anesthesia makes it possible to perform a dental cleaning with less stress for your pet. Additionally most animals do not stay still when examining their mouth, with anesthesia it makes it possible to fully exam all the teeth and make sure they are getting a complete cleaning.
Take care of your pets teeth with regular cleanings. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.
Visit our Dental Health page for recommended products to help with your pets oral care.