Pet Dental Care in Archdale
Pets with proper dental hygiene live longer, healthier lives than those who don't receive dental care and develop periodontal disease. We routinely provide our patients with preventative dental cleanings as well as corrective dental procedures.
Our pets, just like ourselves, develop plaque daily. We brush the plaque off our teeth, but in our pets, it accumulates to become a hard crust of bacteria on the teeth called tartar. Tartar build-up can lead to periodontal disease, gingivitis, and even loose or missing teeth. This can lead to other serious diseases and be painful for your pets!
Does your pet have bad breath? This is the most common sign that your pet may need dental attention. Call us today to schedule a dental procedure or a dental exam.
By age 3, 80% of pets are already on their way to having dental disease. Periodontal disease has been linked as a risk factor for heart, kidney, and liver disease in dogs.
How We Diagnoses and Treat Dental Disease
Dental disease includes issues like swollen gums (also known as gingivitis) and loose teeth caused by infected gum tissue. These conditions leave pets uncomfortable, unable to eat properly, and at more at risk for heart, liver, and kidney disease.
To diagnose and treat dental disease, we take a thorough approach by conducting an oral exam to reveal the signs of dental disease.
If your pet needs to have their teeth cleaned, we:
- Perform all dental procedures with your pet fully sedated. This allows us to examine your pet’s mouth, tooth by tooth, and look for anything abnormal without having to rush.
- We remove plaque and tartar via scaling and polishing your pet's tooth enamel smooth. By removing buildup on the teeth, we’re also removing harmful bacteria during the dental procedure.
- We will remove (or extract) any loose, decayed, or broken teeth to improve your pet's health and comfort.
Potential Dental Disease Signs in Dogs and Cats
Many pet owners know that bad breath can be a sign of dental issues. Other, less-known symptoms to look for include:
- Yellow/brown residue along the gum line
- Inflamed gums
- Drooling excessively and often
- Blood-tinged saliva
- Pawing and rubbing at mouth
- Unable to hold onto food
- Irritability, sleeping more often, and not wanting to play