Dental

When was the last time you had your pet’s teeth cleaned? According to the AVMA, most pets will have signs of dental disease by the time they are three years old. For that reason, our veterinarians do their best to monitor dental health and encourage early intervention (dental exams, x-rays, and cleaning) when needed to keep your pet's smile healthy. 

Dog getting teeth examined

Gum Disease in Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats are prone to developing some of the same types of dental diseases and problems as humans. There of particular concern are gingivitis, and periodontal disease.

When your pet eats food, particles get on their teeth and gums. This fuels the bacteria in your pet’s mouth, causing an acid attack on the enamel of their teeth and creating a sticky, clear substance called plaque. If the plaque is left on teeth it mineralizes and hardens. When plaque and tartar are left on your pet’s teeth for an extended period of time, it can lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease. If not treated in time the end result will be loose, infected, painful teeth. 

Signs of Dental Disease in Pets

When it comes to detecting potential oral health problems in pets, owners must be vigilant in noticing changes in behavior. This is because pets often do not act like they are in pain until the pain is severe. If you notice any of the signs below, it is important that you contact us to schedule a dental checkup, teeth cleaning and gum disease treatment.

  • Broken or Loose Teeth
  • Discomfort While Eating
  • Extremely Bad Breath
  • Drooling
  • Red Gums
  • Staining on the Teeth
  • Swollen or Inflamed Gums
  • Weight Loss or Loss of Appetite

The Hazards of Untreated Periodontal Disease in Pets

Untreated periodontal disease in dogs and cats can lead to dangerous infections, like abscesses and blood infections. Advanced dental disease may also affect your pet’s heart, liver and kidneys. At the very least, it will cause a great deal of pain for your furry little friend (much more than they often show). In order to avoid these potentially life-threatening conditions, it is important to keep your pet’s teeth clean with a combination of at-home care and regular veterinary dental care.

Pet Dental Cleanings in Edmonton

Proper thorough dental assessment and cleaning can only be done with the pet under anesthesia.

Once the basic examination is complete, your veterinarian will completely clean all the plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth and below the gum line. This is followed by complete oral x-rays and probing gums for pockets and other signs of disease. Once your pet’s teeth are clean, we can give you tips and tricks to help you remove food particles and plaque at home between professional pet dental cleanings, like pet-safe toothpaste and toothbrushes as well as dental chews.

To learn more about our veterinary dental services and how they can protect the health of your pet, call us at (780) 466-4030 today.

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