Dental health is vital to overall health. Yet it is estimated that over 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop dental disease by 3 years of age. To maintain not only a hygienic and healthy mouth, but prevent the spread of harmful oral bacteria to the rest of the body, we recommend dental cleanings once or twice a year.
During each dental procedure, we will take dental radiographs to assess complete dental health. With half of your pet’s teeth below the gum line, x-rays are absolutely essential. With this information we can best treat your pet’s teeth by performing dental cleanings and if necessary, dental procedure.
We encourage at-home dental care to decrease oral bacteria and plaque build-up in between exams and cleanings. We will discuss at-home dental care such as how to brush your pet’s teeth, and suggest products such as pet toothpastes, toothbrushes, oral solutions, treats, and toys.
Common symptoms of dental disease include:
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Difficulty chewing
- Plaque on the teeth & gum-line
- Decreased appetite
- Teeth chattering
- Weight loss
- Sneezing & Nasal Discharge