Our Hermitage Veterinary Clinic Provides Cat and Dog Dental Care
Your pet’s bad breath may not just be an unpleasant annoyance, it could mean that your pet suffers from periodontal disease. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) estimates that up to 80% of pets over the age of three are afflicted with this painful and even dangerous problem. Aside from oral pain and losing teeth, the bacteria responsible for periodontal disease can go on to damage your pet’s heart, liver and kidneys.
Dental Care: A Critical Part of Pet Care
Bacteria are the building block of periodontal disease in both humans and pets. Every day, a thin layer of plaque, made up of bacteria, saliva and food particles, accumulates around the teeth, especially at the gum line. Daily brushing can remove this, but if left alone, the plaque hardens into tartar. Tartar draws more bacteria, which weakens the gums and leads to gingivitis. If you notice your pet has bleeding or swollen gums, this is already a problem. If gingivitis is not halted by cat and dog dental care in our veterinary clinic, periodontal disease can weaken the structures supporting your pet’s teeth, causing them to fall out and bacteria to gain an even stronger foothold.
During an annual dental check up in our office, our vets can stop and prevent painful and dangerous pet dental problems. We provide full oral exams and thorough cleanings. Before any procedure, we evaluate your pet’s health for any issues and continually monitor them during the procedure.
Make sure to call our veterinary clinic at (615) 883-3261 for a dental checkup. We can evaluate how healthy your pet’s teeth are, clean them, and then advise you on how to start a teeth brushing regimen. Good dental health can help your pet stay healthy overall!