Feb 06 2018

Say Cheese! Why Exams are Critical to Pet Dental Care

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The vast majority of pets over the age of three have some form of periodontal disease. It’s a startling statistic, but it’s also completely motivating. Since it’s preventable, why wouldn’t we all work together to reduce the dangerous accumulation of plaque and tartar? That way, we can nip problems in the bud before they get out of hand. Dental examinations are part of a layered approach to pet dental care, and we can help you get on track to the healthiest destination.

It Starts at Home

Good behavior starts at home and so does pet dental care. Establishing good habits is at the core of your pet’s long-term health. Even if your pet is older than a year, they can learn to accept routine dental care at home.

Brushing your pet’s teeth several times a week is a great defense against periodontal disease, but your approach to pet dental care shouldn’t stop there.

It’s Routine

Evidence supports the link between a healthy mouth and a healthy body. Bacteria causes plaque and tartar to build up on the teeth and can also spread to various organs and tissues throughout the body. Pet dental care, on the other hand, can decrease the risk of heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.

Ready to Brush

Some pets accept tooth brushing as just another facet of grooming; others absolutely detest it. Fortunately, there are fantastic prescription diets that boost pet dental care, as well as other products in our online pharmacy. We can help you find the right rinse, chew, treat, spray, wipes, or water additive to get your pet’s mouth clean and sparkly.

Dental Exams

When we see your pet 1-2 times a year for their general routine wellness check, we always peek inside the mouth. We look for any signs of pain, infection, or inflammation. Because the most damage from periodontal disease lies beneath the gum line, we also recommend anesthesia. When your pet is safe and still, we can clean and polish the teeth and fully inspect the oral cavity. If any procedures or extractions are necessary, we can perform them while your pet is secure and closely monitored.

Pet Dental Care

Between professional visits and routine care at home, we always advise owners to watch out for the following signs that something’s amiss:

  • Bad breath
  • Drooling
  • Discolored teeth
  • Worn, broke, cracked, or missing teeth
  • Swelling
  • Lumps or bumps in the mouth
  • Inflamed gums or bleeding
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Trouble chewing or picking up food

Dental exams are a sure-fire way to prevent problems from worsening and treating the ones that have gotten a foothold. To be sure, regular exams are the best way to keep your pet happy, comfortable, and healthy.

If our caring and compassionate team can be of any assistance, please let us know. We’re always here for your pet! Book your pet’s next dental exam now–we are having a special that includes a pre-dental examination, a dental cleaning under general anesthesia, nursing care, and post-dental care instructions for just $350 until March 31, 2018!

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