dentistry

Dentistry

Bad breath in pets is very common, but oftentimes it can be the first sign of dental disease or infection. If you notice your pet’s breath with a foul odor, while it’s most likely just ‘doggy breath’, it is important that you let your veterinarian know during your routine examination or you can discuss it over the phone. 

Neglecting your pets bad breath can sometimes have serious consequences and health effects. When left untreated, dental disease can cause significant pain and discomfort, infection and bacterial accumulation. 

Below is a list of signs that are attributed to dental disease: 

  • Bad breath
  • Discolored, yellow or brown teeth
  • Pawing at the face and mouth
  • Swallowing food before chewing
  • Red, swollen, or bloody gums
  • Excessive drooling
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Favoring one side of the mouth

Step 1. Dental Examination

Here at Family Pet Clinic, we work with clients and patients to make dental care a priority in the health of your pet. At every physical examination, we observe the teeth and gums to look for potential signs of dental disease.

Should we find anything, we may recommend that your pet get a digital radiograph. The digital radiograph allows us to see below the gum line, which is where we can see for sure if your pet has a dental disease or not. These images also allow us to pinpoint which areas of the gums are the most affected. This also allows us to see if any teeth are infected or rotted. In some cases, teeth may be beyond repair and will warrant removal. If this is the case, we will discuss dental plans and treatment options with you.

 

Step 2. Dental Cleanings

If your pet’s dental examination finds dental disease or infection, brushing of the teeth will not do and dental cleaning is required. Dental cleanings allow our vets to clean below the gumline and completely rid the mouth of any infectious bacteria. 

It is highly recommended that all professional dental cleanings must be performed under general anesthesia. This procedure is put in place for the safety of your pet and the safety of the veterinary professional performing the cleaning. 

 

Step 3. At-home Care

It is important to remember that the road to proper dental hygiene for your pets begins at home. We will still do our part during routine examinations, but it is highly recommended that you take the necessary steps to ensure that your pet is receiving proper dental care. Please feel free to ask your veterinarian about the pet-friendly products and at-home treatment options that we offer!

Not all pets are the most well behaved when their owners try to brush their teeth. However, if you are lucky enough that your pet lets you, that’s great! For those of you with more finicky pets, we are happy to recommend alternatives such as rinses, treats, and toys that will help your pet maintain good dental hygiene.

If you have recently added a new pet to your family try to brush their teeth as early as possible! Hopefully, this will lead them to be more cooperative and less stressed.

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