Prevent Gum Disease with Pet Dental Care
Did you know that by the age of three years old most pets are showing signs of gum disease? According to the American Veterinary Dental College, gum disease is one of the most common medical issues seen in pets but can be easily prevented. If given the chance, gum disease causes tooth and jaw-bone loss, and damage to internal organs in extreme cases. By brushing your pet’s teeth, using dental chews, and regular oral check-ups at our Hermitage Animal Hospital, you’ll keep your pet’s mouth both fresh and healthy.
Our Dental Care Services
When you bring your pet in for annual or biannual visits, you’ll keep tabs on their overall health but also their oral. Just like in humans, plaque turns into hardened tartar on pet’s teeth and needs to be professionally scaled, or removed. Senior pets may benefit from biannual dental cleanings. Since professional pet dental cleanings cannot be performed without anesthesia, we take pre-anesthetic bloodwork to check for any underlying concerns. Just like in our surgical procedures, this helps to safeguard pets from complications by giving us indications on how they’ll react to general anesthesia.
More about our dental care services:
- While your pet is under anesthesia, we’ll give them a complete oral exam and cleaning.
- If your pet has gum disease, we’ll scale underneath their gum line to eliminate bacteria and prevent further spreading.
- If your pet has tooth or bone decay, we’ll promptly contact you about teeth we need to extract while they’re under anesthesia.
Pet’s Need Home Dental Care Too!
As daunting as it can be to brush your pet’s teeth regularly at home, a little can go a long way. Start with pet-friendly toothpaste and dental chews approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). Then, get your pet used to the idea of having their teeth brushed by starting a daily routine and gratuitously praising them afterwards – even if they allowed you to brush for a tiny bit! Cats may be the most adverse to having their teeth brushed, but they likely need it. Due to natural instinct, cats easily hide pain and discomfort from achy or broken teeth. Please contact us for more information about pet dental care and ask us about our specials in February!