Unfortunately, dental cleanings, exams, and daily dental hygiene habits are often overlooked when it comes to our pets’ teeth. We, humans, have well-developed dental hygiene habits, but our furry friends don’t have the thumbs to hold a toothbrush. That’s why, when it comes to dental care, they need our help.
Why Pet Dental Care Is Essential to Your Pet's Health
Just like humans, pets have harmful bacteria growing in their mouths. They’re also prone to tooth decay and gum (periodontal) disease. Not only can poor dental care lead to tooth loss, infection, pain, and discomfort for pets, but it can also harm their overall health, too.
The bacteria associated with periodontal disease (a bacterial infection of the gums) can get into the bloodstream and damage a pet’s organs. Left unaddressed, gum disease can cause early death.
The best way to prevent pets from developing gum disease is with a combination of at-home and professional dental care.
Pet Dental Services in White Haven
Dental Cleanings & Examinations
Professional dental cleanings and exams for pets are similar to those for humans, except they’re typically performed with pets fully anesthetized for their safety and comfort. During a dental exam and cleaning, our veterinarian will scale and polish your pet’s teeth, removing plaque and tartar from the surface. We’ll also visually examine their teeth, gums, and other oral structures, looking for any signs of abnormalities.
Digital Dental X-Rays
A pet dental exam also includes digital dental x-rays, which allow our veterinarian to view the internal structures of your pet’s mouth. This allows us to detect any problems such as cavities or abscesses that might be occurring below the gum line or inside of your pet’s teeth.
Oral Surgery & Tooth Extractions
If necessary, we’re fully equipped to perform a variety of oral surgical procedures, including tooth extractions and some mass removals.
How to Care for Your Pet's Teeth at Home
We recommend providing your pet with dental-friendly treats and chew toys designed to break up the plaque and tartar building on their teeth. You can also brush your pet’s teeth with a specially designed pet toothbrush and a toothpaste formulated for cats or dogs.
Schedule a Dental Exam for Your Pet
If you can’t stand your pet’s bad breath or see visible signs of yellowing, swollen gums, or mouth soreness in your pet, then your cat or dog is overdue for a dental examination. To learn more about pet dental care or to schedule a dental appointment for your dog or cat, contact White Haven Veterinary Hospital today.