Dental care is something that most humans practice daily for themselves, but in most cases is neglected in pets. Many pets develop dental disease from an early age because they don't receive any form of dental care. At our hospital, we prioritize your pet's teeth and gums to keep diseases away.
Why is dental care important?
When your pet's mouth isn't cared for, bacteria and food debris will accumulate around their teeth which leads to decay or tooth loss. Additionally, when your pet develops infections in their mouth, it spreads via the bloodstream to the liver, heart, lungs, and kidneys, causing even more damage. Even if you believe that your pet's oral health is good, there may be signs of dental disease that are just normalized; a good example is bad breath. Here are some other signs of dental disease:
- Drooling excessively
- Yellow or brown buildup on or around the teeth
- Swollen, bleeding or red gums
- Blood on their chew toys
- Awkward chewing or abnormal eating habits
- Pawing at the face
- Loose teeth
If your pet has these symptoms, it's never too late to get them some help. Please contact our team at 519-285-2116 to schedule an appointment.
What dental services do you offer?
At our hospital, we provide the following dental services:
- Comprehensive dental assessments - performed with anesthesia so our team can examine hard-to-reach areas in the mouth. The veterinarian will use dental tools and digital X-rays to examine below the gum line.
- Professional cleaning - it's important that pets have their teeth cleaned professionally at least once every year. Our team will provide scaling and polishing to remove tartar, plaque, and dental stains.
- Dental extractions - In some cases, whether due to an infection or decay, your pet's tooth may need to be removed. Our team will safely perform the procedure with the use of general anesthesia.
How can I maintain good dental health for my pet?
Brushing their teeth daily is one of the most effective ways to keep dental disease at bay. It helps to start this practice earlier on when your pet is young so they can have it in their routine. Only pet-safe brushes and toothpaste should be used to clean their teeth. If your pet is resistant to brushing, our veterinarians may recommend water additives, dental chews, or special dental diets. Regardless of whether you brush your pet's teeth, they will still need yearly assessments by a veterinarian.