Healthy teeth and gums aren’t just important for us humans. Your pet’s dental health also plays an important role in their ongoing wellness. An unhealthy mouth can lead to everything from bad breath and tooth loss to periodontal disease, a much more serious medical condition that can negatively impact your pet’s entire body, including the heart, liver and lungs. The good news is you can easily prevent this and keep your pet’s mouth healthy and clean by bringing them in to Don Head Village Animal Clinic for regular dental visits.
An experienced veterinarian should evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. We recommend this because bacteria and food debris accumulates around a pet’s teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. Don Head Village Animal Clinic offers comprehensive professional pet dentistry services to effectively manage your furry family member oral health.
Our preventative dental care services include comprehensive examination of the teeth, gums and mouth, as well as thorough dental cleanings, which are performed under general anesthesia. These cleanings are the same as what our dentists do for us, but our patients have to be asleep, since they won’t cooperate by keeping their mouths open! We also use cutting edge dental equipment to polish the teeth and to protect against future plaque and tartar buildup. While your pet is under anesthesia, we will take complete dental radiographs to ensure that the roots of the teeth and the bone of the jaw is healthy. Much of the dental disease our pets can develop occurs below the gumline and without taking radiographs we do not see the true extent of dental disease.
If your pet already suffers from an existing oral health problem, such as gingivitis, abscesses or dental disease, we can help with that too! Our team is experienced in the advanced treatment and management of existing dental problems, and can perform the necessary procedures to address and overcome these problems. We use dental radiographs to identify which teeth are unhealthy so we can preserve all the healthy teeth, perform any oral surgery needed to remove any unhealthy, infected, abscessed teeth before they cause more severe problems, and return your pet’s mouth to a healthy state. Common signs of oral disease include tartar buildup, red and swollen gums, bad breath, changes in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face and generalized depression.
Lastly, we’ll talk about the important role that you play in your pet’s oral health. Annual exams and cleanings aren’t always enough to keep the mouth free of buildup and bacteria, so it’s important that you continue to care for your pet’s teeth and gums at home, in between vet visits. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will gladly show you ways that you can help your pet maintain a healthy mouth year-round. Together we’ll work hard to help your companion enjoy a lifetime of good oral health.