Pet Dental Care
Pet Dental Care
Did you know that oral and dental health is one of the most important aspects of your pet’s overall health?
We believe in preventive care with all of our services because prevention is easier and more cost-effective than treatment. The pet dental care services at Edgewater Animal Hospital are designed to both prevent and treat oral problems, including broken teeth and gum disease. Our dental suites are equipped with modern tools and technology, allowing our veterinarians to perform high-quality dental care with patient safety and comfort at the forefront.
Signs of Gum Disease
Since gum disease is one of the most common diseases seen in pets, it’s important for you as a pet owner to be familiar with its symptoms. There are several stages of gum disease in pets and the more advanced the stage, the more symptoms there are. The following are some of the most common ones:
- Chronic bad breath
- Swollen, red gums
- Loose teeth
- Trouble eating
- Pawing at the mouth
- Excessive drooling
- Brownish yellow tartar buildup along gum line
Dog and Cat Teeth Cleaning Procedure
Every tooth will be checked above and below the gum line for periodontal disease and abnormalities will be recorded in your pet’s medical record. A periodontal probe is used to check for bleeding gums, accumulation of food in pockets and for tooth decay. During the procedure additional issues such as cavities and advanced periodontal disease may be found, and there is a possibility that some teeth may need to be extracted. Our findings may also necessitate a follow-up visit.
At-Home Dog and Cat Teeth Cleaning
Bringing your pet in once a year for an exam and scheduling teeth cleanings as needed are important in keeping your pet’s mouth healthy, but at-home care is equally important. We recommend that you brush your pet’s teeth with a pet-safe toothpaste daily, or at least a few times a week. It is important to use a pet-specific toothpaste, as human toothpaste and baking soda should never be used in pets as they contain ingredients that can cause internal issues if swallowed. Pet toothpaste not only tastes great to your pet, they are specifically designed to break down your pet’s plaque, reducing the time that you spend brushing their teeth.