One challenge for pet owners is to overcome that piercing stench that comes from your pet's decaying gum tissue. Just like with people, chewing more often through pre-existing dental conditions can lead to growth of tartar on the teeth which can lead to medical issues elsewhere in the body. The ultimate effect is bone erosion and erosion of the teeth and gums that can cause long-term pain and health problems for your pet.
Dental problems are mostly preventable, but the treatment can sometimes be complicated by other existing conditions. Some pets could have root or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, where the jaw joint moves randomly with every bone movement. Bone softening from subluxations or occlusions can cause a loss of sensation in and around the mouth and could lead to emergency vet services. The best way to avoid dental issues to occur in your pets is to make sure he or she has an annual teeth cleaning. At South Granville Animal Hospital in Creedmoor, NC, our team provides the dental care your pet needs to stay healthy.
Periodontal Disease and Your Pet
By the age of three, many dogs and cats experience some form of periodontal disease. This means that you need to be proactive about caring for your pet’s teeth past this age. The disease develops when plaque builds up in the mouth containing bacteria. If this is not taken care of, your pet is at risk of bacteria and plaque developing below your pet’s gumline causing teeth loss. This can also lead to gingivitis. This disease can lead to damage of the root and bone of the tooth and affect their internal structures. When untreated, the bacteria can wort its way into the blood stream and impact the kidneys, liver and heart.
What Signs Do You Need to Look For?
Checking your pet’s teeth may not be something that you regularly do, but there are signs that you can look out for. These include:
- Red, bleeding, or recessed gums
- Bad breath
- Difficulty eating
- Loose teeth
Preventing Periodontal Disease
Fortunately, periodontal disease is a preventable condition. One step that you can take is to regularly brush your pet’s teeth. If you feel uncomfortable doing this, our team can show you several options that may be easier for you to do. Lots of dental care can be applied at home by using better pet foods, providing teeth-cleaning treats, and using chew toys designed to help clean teeth. However, the big factor that provides the most protection is making sure to bring your pet in for regular veterinary exams. Pet diet and nutrition also have a big impact. What your animal takes in for nutrition has a big effect on how his or her body fends off problems and maintain strong defenses.
Veterinary Based Teeth Cleaning
While you may regularly brush your pet’s teeth, they still need regular dental cleanings just like you do. Regular oral exams and cleanings can help your pet maintain oral health. When our team performs a dental exam and cleaning, we are able to fully examine the condition of your pet’s mouth and teeth. At the pet’s teeth cleaning, he or she may be sedated, so we can perform x-rays and examine the teeth and gum line. After the cleaning, your pet’s teeth will get a polishing to help prevent future tartar buildup.
At South Granville Animal Hospital, our team, led by Dr. Diana Dudley, is ready to help care for your pet’s teeth. If your pet is in need of a teeth cleaning, our experienced staff is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your pet’s teeth cleaning.