Your pet’s teeth should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian for early signs of calculus accumulation, infections, fractured teeth, etc. As with any other illness, early detection allows us to work with you to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.
As your own dentist or dental hygienist has undoubtedly told you, infections in the gums can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, leading to infections anywhere in the body. Infections of the liver, heart, and kidneys are possible, and could be life-threatening. Have your pet’s teeth checked as soon as possible if you notice any of the following problems:
-broken or loose teeth
-extra teeth or retained baby teeth
-teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
-abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
-reduced appetite or refusal to eat
-red or puffy gums
-bleeding from the mouth
We are all very aware of how important it is to take care of our own teeth, but it is equally important for us to make certain that our pets' mouths stay healthy. We offer dental care that includes all of the anesthetic precautions taken for a surgical procedure so that an oral examination with dental radiographs can be performed. That is followed by scaling and polishing the teeth, as well as removing any teeth that are too damaged to save. In addition, we will discuss what options you have for keeping your pet's mouth healthy at home.
You can help by providing your pet with regular dental care. Watch the following video for instructions on brushing your pet's teeth!