As a pet owner, you may have questions about the care of your pet’s teeth. You may not know how to brush their teeth at home or when to take them for professional cleaning at the vet. These FAQs from Greenfield Veterinary Clinic provide greater insight into pet dental hygiene.
Why is pet dental care so important?
Your pet’s oral health will affect his overall health. Poor dental hygiene can lead to tooth infections, mouth tumors, and periodontal disease. In addition to damaging teeth and gums, periodontal disease can infect your pet's kidneys, heart, and liver. You can avoid dental and medical problems by taking good care of your pet's teeth.
What dental problems can pets develop?
Pets are susceptible to many of the same oral problems as people, including tartar buildup, tooth infection, decay, abscesses, chipped and broken teeth, and periodontal disease.
What are some signs my pet may have dental problems?
If your pet has dental problems, he may have some of the following symptoms:
- Foul breath
- Difficulty chewing, particularly hard foods
- Loss of appetite
- Excessive drooling
- Bleeding gums
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Discolored teeth
If you notice these signs, bring your pet to our Greenfield veterinarian for a dental checkup.
What can I expect from a pet dental exam and cleaning?
We’ll examine your pet’s mouth, teeth, and gums for signs of abnormalities. We’ll take x-rays to inspect under the gum line where gum disease is more likely to breed. If your pet has dental problems, we’ll recommend treatment. Dental cleanings involve scaling your pet’s teeth, especially under the gum line, and polishing them to make them glean.
Is it necessary to use anesthesia for pet dental exams and cleanings?
Our pet dental care services are performed while pets are under anesthesia to protect your pet and our vet. Anesthesia protects your pet from pain and keeps him still and quiet during treatment. Our vet can then perform a comprehensive exam and cleaning without worrying about getting bitten or accidentally harming your struggling pet.
How often should my pet have his teeth professionally cleaned?
That depends on his age, overall health, and oral health. Generally, we recommend pets have annual dental exams and cleanings. Senior pets may need more frequent exams due to being more susceptible to oral issues.
Is it really necessary to brush my pet’s teeth at home?
Good oral health entails both home care and professional pet dental care. By brushing your pet’s teeth at home, at least several times a week, you reduce tartar buildup which can lead to periodontal disease.
Trust Our Greenfield Veterinarian with Your Pet’s Dental Care
To schedule an appointment with our Greenfield vet for a pet dental exam and cleaning, contact Greenfield Veterinary Clinic at (414) 282-5230.