Most dogs and cats develop some form of periodontal disease (gum disease) by the time they reach the age of 3. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums that develops as a result of tartar building up along the gum line and creating space between the gums and the surface of the teeth. Periodontal disease causes local symptoms that can be quite painful. Additionally, bacteria from the infection can enter the bloodstream creating generalized inflammation throughout the pet’s body. This can eventually damage the pet’s organs and result in early death.
Signs Your Pet Needs a Dental Exam
You should schedule a pet dental appointment right away if you notice any of the following signs or symptoms of dental disease in your pet:
We recommend scheduling a pet dental appointment annually – whether your pet has symptoms of gum disease or not – because proactive, preventative care is always the best kind of care.
What Does a Pet Dental Appointment Include?
Dental Exam and Cleaning
Pet dental exams and cleanings take place while pets are sedated under general anesthesia. This is for their safety and that of the veterinary staff. Plus, sedation allows us to thoroughly clean and carefully examine our patients’ teeth.
Otherwise, a pet’s dental examination and cleaning is very similar to that of a person’s. Your pet’s teeth will be thoroughly scaled and polished to remove plaque and tartar buildup. We’ll also perform a thorough examination to look for any indications of oral health problems that need to be addressed.
Digital Dental X-Rays
Dental radiographs are taken on each patient to screen for any oral health issues that could be occurring inside your pet’s teeth or below the gum line. This makes each dental cleaning the most efficient for your pets health.
Further Dental Treatment
If further treatment (for an abscess or a compromised tooth) is needed, such as tooth extraction or antibiotics, we will discuss our recommendations with you before going forward – unless immediate treatment is necessary for the pet’s safety.
Comprehensive Pet Dentistry at Jackpot Veterinary Center in Tucson
At Jackpot Veterinary Center, our veterinarians are here to set your pet up for a healthy and happy life. We not only provide comprehensive pet dental care in our office but are always happy to talk with you about steps you can take at home to help promote better oral health in your pets. To learn more, contact our office today.