Bedford Veterinary Dentistry
Healthy Smiles for Happy Pets at Brown Trail Animal Hospital
Keep your pet’s smile healthy with regular dental care. Your pet’s oral health is an important component of their overall health and wellbeing. For cats and dogs, periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases they can get. As an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited veterinary clinic, Brown Trail Animal Hospital offers a full suite of dental services to keep your pet’s mouth as healthy as the rest of their body.
Your Pet & Dental Disease
Dental disease, also known as periodontal disease, is easy to miss. However, if left untreated, periodontal disease can dramatically affect your pet’s health, causing infections, loss of teeth, and even damage to your pet’s jawbone. If you clean your pet’s teeth at home regularly, you can avoid the impact of dental disease and keep your pet’s teeth healthy.
How can I tell if my pet is developing periodontal disease?
- You notice your pet’s breath is unusually smelly
- You see blood in your pet’s saliva or water dish
- Your pet has loose or missing teeth
- You notice your pet is having trouble eating or are avoiding eating
Any of the above symptoms can be indicative of dental disease in your pet. When you notice these symptoms, it’s important that you act quickly to prevent further deterioration. Make an appointment with our Bedford veterinarians at Brown Trail Animal Hospital to get your pet’s teeth examined.
How Periodontal Disease Develops
Like with humans, periodontal disease is caused by an excessive buildup of plaque that moves below the gumline. Plaque in pets is just like the plaque found in humans; it is a bacterial film that builds up on the teeth as it dies. The dead plaque creates more surfaces for more plaque to build up. This will continue if your pet’s teeth are not brushed regularly. If left for too long, the plaque buildup can spread below your pet’s gumline and cause infections in the tissues surrounding your pet’s teeth. This can cause loss of teeth and, if not treated properly, can spread infection into the bones of your pet’s mouth. At the later stages of periodontal disease, only professional cleaning can remove the plaque buildup.
Dental Cleaning with Brown Trail Animal Hospital
Dental cleaning for pets involves general anesthesia in our surgical suite. We are fully equipped to monitor your pet throughout their dental cleaning procedure. We will scale and polish your pet’s teeth to remove plaque and then apply an anti-plaque treatment, such as fluoride, to your pet’s teeth to prevent future buildup.
Depending on your pet’s oral health, we may recommend extractions of infected or damaged teeth. For other dental conditions, we’re able to perform oral surgery in our surgical suite. We want to make sure that your pet’s oral health is as thoroughly taken care of as the rest of your pet’s body.
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