Managing Your Pet’s Dental Care
Healthy pets have healthy mouths. Here at Awesome Care Veterinary hospital in south Oklahoma City, we provide quality pet dental care services to help maintain your pets oral health. Your pet requires routine dental care too, and they could be at risk of developing gum disease if they do not undergo regular inspections. Gum disease involves gingivitis and periodontitis, which is an inflammation of the gums and tissues surrounding each tooth. This inflammation promotes periodontal disease, root exposure, abscesses and may result in tooth extractions or even internal organ disease. Fortunately, this condition is easily preventable with the proper dental care routine.
Our Pet Dental Care Services
Prevention is key to keeping your pet healthy in many ways, and preventing the onset of gum disease is possible with the following services:
- Routine oral exams
- Dental cleanings (prophylaxis)
- Digital dental X-rays
- Tooth extractions
- Dental chews, treats, diet, and other oral care products
Dental prophylaxis is the term for cleaning your pet’s teeth using an ultrasonic scaling instrument. The tip of this instrument vibrates at ultrasonic speeds to break down calculus on the tooth surface. All pets must be anesthetized for their dental cleaning, both for their safety and because we need to clean both above and below their gum line on all four aspects of each tooth.
We may take digital dental X-rays of your pet’s mouth to evaluate for hidden decay or abscesses which cause pain and may require tooth extraction.
Caring for Your Pet’s Teeth at Home
We recommend that you brush your pet’s teeth once a day to reduce plaque and tartar buildup. This is especially important for pets that eat canned food, which adheres to the teeth more quickly. Be sure to use a toothbrush and toothpaste made specifically for pets. Start as early in their development as possible to get them comfortable with the procedure.
How to Tell if Your Pet Has Gum Disease
Bad breath is neither normal nor healthy for your pet. Signs of gum disease include:
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Red, swollen gums
- Yellow/brown teeth
- Loose/broken teeth
- Decreased appetite
- Difficulty chewing/eating
- Pawing at the face and mouth
- Swelling around the face
Please reach out to us if you are noticing any of these symptoms in your pet. Gum disease that is left untreated can cause problems with your pet’s internal organs when bacteria from the oral infection enters their blood stream. To schedule a dental exam with your veterinarian, call us at (405) 631-0569.