Understanding the Why
Behind Pet Dental Care
Just like you, your pet can develop plaque and tartar on their teeth from left-over food particles. So, doesn’t it make sense that they would need dental care just like you? Without consistent pet dental care, your pet’s teeth suffer from plaque buildup that hardens into tartar, which harbors bacteria, which then breaks down the gums and eventually the bones of the teeth. If you have had first-hand experience with a cavity or broken tooth, you can imagine the kind of pain and discomfort your pet could be in!
But don’t let this scare you! Dental disease is entirely preventable with a combination of professional dental cleanings at our Dyer clinic and consistent at-home care from you.
Why Your Pet Needs Annual Exams
You may not notice some of the earlier signs right away, but your veterinarian will! The sooner we catch periodontal disease, the easier it is to treat it. Bring your pet straight to us if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Bad breath
- Discolored teeth
- Pale or reddened gums
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Disinterest in chew toys
- Lack of appetite due to the pain of eating
Depending on the severity of the disease, and your pet’s own personality, they may become aggressive when in pain. Be cautious around them, so they don’t harm themselves or others.
Developing the Perfect Dental Care Plan for Your Pet
Dental disease progresses in stages, and each stage requires different intensities of care in order to reverse it and keep it in check. Stage one, which indicates tartar buildup, could be reversed with a professional session coupled with routine at-home cleaning.
For stages one, two, and even three, our team of skilled veterinarians and technicians can reverse the disease over one, two, or more professional dental cleanings (and you can help with at-home care!). Stage four indicates significant damage to both the gums and teeth and likely means extractions or oral surgery. The aim is to never let it get this far!
What a Professional Cleaning Looks Like
When you come in for a pet dental care appointment, you can expect thoroughness in everything we do.
Here's more information on our dental services:
- Pre-anesthetic blood work (highly recommended to ensure your pet is healthy enough for the procedure)
- Exact anesthetic protocol administered by our trained team
- Comprehensive cleaning of each tooth, both above and below the gumline
- Digital dental X-rays to further assess dental health
- Extractions, if needed
- Polishing of each tooth to prevent future plaque buildup
We perform every procedure with extensive monitoring equipment and the best technology around. Our number one priority is your pet’s safety.
Interested in pet dental care? Schedule an appointment today! We can not only clean your pet’s teeth but help you develop an effective at-home care plan, too.