Complete, Professional Pet Dental Care
Dental care is not just a cosmetic solution for whitening your pet's teeth and freshening their breath. It also plays a major role in preventing painful and possibly debilitating oral health problems. Brushing your pet's teeth every day may seem like over-attentive behavior, but it can significantly reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Furthermore, this habit can prevent conditions such as gingivitis and gum disease from ever developing. Dundee Animal Hospital offers complete, customized pet dental care programs to prevent future issues and treat existing ones. Our skilled veterinarians and technicians closely follow all AAHA guidelines when performing dental procedures and related services.
Your pet's dental health is directly connected to their overall health. If their mouth is inflamed and showing signs of infection, they also likely have problems elsewhere. Creating a dental care plan is an important first step towards giving your pet a healthier, happier life.
Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease is a painful condition in which the gums become inflamed and bacteria collects in pockets around the teeth. This leads to infection, and can also result in tooth and bone loss if left untreated. In more extreme cases, the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and affect the heart, liver and kidneys. A majority of dogs and cats in the U.S. suffer from some form of gum disease. However, this problem can be prevented easily with daily teeth brushing, annual checkups, and dental cleanings recommended by your veterinarian.
Signs of a potential dental problem in your pet may include:
- Bad breath
- Trouble chewing or holding onto food while eating
- Reluctance to chew on toys or play tug-of-war
- Red, swollen (or bleeding) gums
- Loose, broken and/or discolored teeth
- Facial swelling
- Excessive drooling
Is your pet showing any of these signs? Be sure to let us know if you're concerned about your pet's dental health. The sooner we can treat their problem, the happier and healthier they'll be.