Dental health is a very important part of your pets overall health, and dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems. Your pets teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year to check for early signs of a problem and to keep you pets mouth healthy.
A dental can include cleaning, adjustment, filing, extractions, or repair of your pets teeth and all other aspects of oral health care. The process begins with an oral exam of your pet’s mouth by a veterinarian. Radiographs (x-rays) may be needed to evaluate the health of the jaw and the tooth roots below the gumline. Because most dental disease occurs below the gumline, where you can’t see it, a thorough dental cleaning and evaluation are performed under anesthesia. Dental cleaning includes scaling (to remove dental plaque and tartar) and polishing, similar to the process used on your own teeth during your regular dental cleanings.
Have your pet’s teeth checked if you observe any of the following problems:
- bad breath
- broken or loose teeth
- extra teeth or retained baby teeth
- teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- pain in or around the mouth
- bleeding from the mouth
- swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth