Pet Dentistry in Leesport
Preventing Periodontal Disease Through Teeth Cleaning
We all love when our pets give us big kisses, but we don’t enjoy it when they have stinky breath. This can actually be an indicator of a dental issue. We brush our teeth on a daily basis, and just like us, our pets need the same. Although it is often overlooked by pet owners, veterinary dentistry is a rapidly growing and advancing field. Through proper dental care, you can potentially extend your pet’s lifespan upwards of five years. Our veterinarians recommend that your pets receive a routine dental exam on a yearly basis.
The Dental Exam Process
When you bring your pet in to be seen by one of our veterinary dentists, he or she will begin by examining your pet’s mouth. This includes assessing the health of your pet’s teeth and gums. Occasionally, we may require x-rays so we can properly examine your pet’s teeth roots and jaw that aren’t as easily visible. We will then safely administer anesthesia so we can perform your pet’s dental cleaning. This process includes scaling, which removes any plaque or tartar buildup, and polishing your pet’s teeth to make them pearly white. If necessary, we will perform tooth extractions.
Common Signs of Dental Problems in Pets
While bad breath is one of the most common signs that something is amiss in your pet’s mouth, there are other important signs to watch out for and be aware of.
These symptoms include:
- Red or bleeding gums
- Frequent drooling or blood-tinged drool
- Difficulty chewing
- Loose or missing teeth
- Swelling, especially under the eyes
We also recommend bringing your pet in for an examination if he or she is constantly pawing at the mouth or has frequent nasal discharge.
At-Home Dental Care
While there are many products out there that state they help improve your pet’s oral health, not all of them are as effective as they claim. We recommend that you consult with your veterinarian before purchasing one of these products.
However, the best thing you can do to help prevent periodontal disease is to brush your pet’s teeth as often as possible. We know that some pets resist this, especially cats, so even if you can’t do daily brushing, several times a week is better than nothing. We can also teach you tips and tricks for safe and effective cleaning. Contact Leesport Animal Hospital to schedule your pet's appointment.
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