Is Pet Dental Care a Part of Your Daily Routine?
Pets should receive daily dental care and periodic cleanings at our hospitals in Hyde Park in order to stay healthy. Oral conditions like gingivitis and dental disease are a common problem among dogs and cats, but they don't have to be. Making dental care for your pet a fixture in their daily routine and scheduling regular checkups with us can help them avoid the pain and other challenges that come with dental disease.
How We Keep Dental Disease at Bay
Dental disease occurs when plaque and tartar accumulate below the gum line and release bacteria that infects the teeth and gums. This painful condition can lead to tooth loss and severely affect your pet's quality of life.
Preventing dental disease is a joint effort between you and your veterinarian. Our hospitals offer advanced pet dental care services to treat dental disease and reduce future plaque and tartar buildup. Our team provides the following services to give your pet's mouth a thorough, complete cleaning:
Pre-anesthetic blood work to make sure that all of your pet's systems are functioning normally
Administration of nerve blocks and antibiotics as needed to reduce pain and prevent infection
A periodontal exam of each tooth and the pockets around the teeth to look for damage and make a full assessment of your pet's oral health
Digital dental X-rays as part of the exam to check for hidden damage below the gum line
A full dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar that has accumulated both above and below the gum line
Dental extractions to treat broken, loose, or abscessed teeth
Recognizing Dental Problems in Pets
Our pets can't tell us when their teeth are hurting, which is why we need to know when a problem is evident. The most common signs that your pet needs professional dental care include:
- Heavy drooling
- Bad breath
- Pawing at the mouth
- Inflamed gums
- Loose, broken and/or discolored teeth
- Decreased appetite
- Dropping food
- Bloody gums/saliva
- Refusal to play tugging games or chew on toys
- Areas of swelling on the muzzle
Need Help Managing Your Pet's Teeth at Home?
We can help! Brushing your pet's teeth can be a challenge, especially if they're unfamiliar with the procedure. Our doctors and staff will be happy to offer advice and answer your questions whenever you have them. Teeth brushing is an effective method for removing daily tartar buildup and preventing the onset of dental disease. In addition to brushing, you can also try tartar control food, dental chews and treats, and other options. Call us at (773) 324-4484 for more information!