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Dental Care

Dental Care and Disorders

What do you think your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or had bi-yearly exams at your dentist? We can tell you--gross!

Dental care is one of the most neglected aspects of pet care. Consider this--85% of adult dogs and as many as 70% of adult cats have periodontal disease (gum disease) by the age of 3. Dental (or Periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in our pets.

The most common symptoms of dental disease include:

*Persistent foul mouth odor (bad breath)

*Inflamed gingiva (red, swollen or tender tissue)

*Plaque formation (may not be obvious)

*Tartar formation (cream-brown, hard material on tooth surfaces

*Bleeding or receding gums

*Loose teeth

*Infected teeth (discharge between teeth and gums)

*Missing Teeth

*Excessive drooling

*Changes in eating or chewing habits

*Depression

Even if your pet doesn't have any of the above symptoms, we strongly recommend that your pet be seen at least once a year to have their dental health evaluated. Food and bacteria can accumulate around the teeth over time and if left untreated or unchecked it could lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, root infections and the possibility of expensive oral surgery.

Dental disease not only affects your pet's eating habits, but can also affect other organs of the body such as the kidneys, liver, lungs and heart. A yearly physical exam or complimentary dental exam combined with laboratory work can determine if the infection has spread. Schedule your pet's exam today!

We can show you how to properly brush their teeth, offer several at home products, and recommend foods that will all help combat plaque and tartar buildup.