Pet dental care is an essential part of your pet’s overall health. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums caused by plaque buildup on the teeth, a perfect environment for harmful bacteria, and without proper care, most animals will show signs of it by the age of three. Left untreated, it can lead to many health problems for your pet. It can cause the deterioration of gum tissue and decay of the roots of the teeth, leading to swollen and bleeding gums, loose teeth and tooth loss, pain and discomfort, and eating problems.
Unless it’s treated, the infection can eventually spread throughout the body, causing serious damage to internal organs including the heart, liver, kidneys, and lungs. Early detection is the key to the effective treatment of oral disease. Round Rock Animal Hospital recommends that you schedule an annual dental examination and teeth cleaning.
Veterinary Pet Dental Care
Our hospital is fully equipped with a modern surgical suite and diagnostic lab so we can provide the best possible dental services. When you bring your pet in for a dental exam and cleaning, your vet will assess their general oral and physical health and have some routine lab tests run. A complete set of X-rays will also be taken. Then your pet will receive anesthesia to keep them calm during the procedure. The doctor will thoroughly examine your pet’s teeth and gums, looking for signs of decay and other issues. Fillings will be applied to cavities where needed, and tooth extractions will be performed if necessary. Then your pet’s teeth will be cleaned and scaled of plaque and polished to a gleaming white. They’ll spend a couple of hours in recovery and then they can go home.
Pet Dental Care At Home
There’s plenty you can do at home to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy. Inspect their teeth regularly, looking for signs of oral problems, including swollen and bleeding gums and loose, darkened, and missing teeth. With some patience and practice, you can get your pet used to letting you brush their teeth. Ask your vet about special chews, treats, and diets you can use to promote good oral health.
Round Rock Animal Hospital of Round Rock, TX, is ready to provide your pet with all their health care needs, including pet dental care. To schedule an appointment for a checkup and teeth cleaning just contact us online anytime and we’ll get in touch with you soon.