Brushing your pet's teeth at home helps prevent bad breath (also known as halitosis), redness, swollen and bleeding gums, and tooth decay. While daily brushing is a fundamental step for good oral hygiene, routine visits to your vet’s office for dental cleanings will ensure the complete removal of any and all tartar from your pet's teeth. Ultrasonic cleaning is the process of removing deposits from the teeth using high-frequency vibrations activated at the tip of a dental instrument. Ultrasonic cleaning is a safer and more effective way to have your pet's teeth professionally cleaned. It’s quicker, safer, and more effective than any other cleaning method. Just like us humans, even if we brush twice a day and floss, we still need to visit our dentists for a thorough examination and cleaning.
Pets, like people, suffer from periodontal disease, which is responsible for oral inflammation and infection. If left untreated it can cause the loss of teeth. Periodontal disease includes gingivitis (inflammation and bleeding of the gums), and periodontists (the loss of bone and soft tissue support from around the teeth). Periodontal disease may cause disease elsewhere in your pet’s body when harmful bacteria from the mouth enter the blood stream.
It can be difficult for a pet owner to see the effects of periodontal disease. Halitosis (bad breath) can be a sign of oral disease. A thorough oral examination under sedation or anesthesia, combined with radiographs to detect disease under the gingiva (gums), is the only way to fully investigate the oral cavity.
An oral or dental concern may have been noted during a routine visit with your veterinarian or you may have observed changes in your pet’s behavior or eating habits that are causing you concern. Rest assured we can help with these issues.
Snowden Animal Hospital offers cat and dog dentistry services to help make sure your pet’s oral health is on track.