Pet dentistry is an important part of your pet’s overall wellbeing. Unhealthy teeth and oral problems can affect the health of the entire body. Periodontal disease is very common in pets, and most will show symptoms of it by the time they are three years old. It’s caused by plaque buildup on the teeth, which provides a perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria.
The infection caused by these germs can lead to decay and deterioration of the gums and roots, resulting in loss of teeth, swollen, painful, and bleeding gums, and eating problems due to pain and discomfort. Unless it’s treated early, it can eventually spread and cause serious damage to internal organs including the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. Evergreen Vet Clinic can provide the regular dental care your pet’s teeth need to stay healthy and strong throughout their lives.
Our clinic is fully equipped to provide your pet with the best possible dental care. When your cat or dog comes in for a dental checkup and cleaning, your vet will evaluate their general physical health, run some routine diagnostic lab tests, and take a full set of X-rays. Anesthesia will be administered to keep them calm during the procedure. The vet will perform a thorough examination of their teeth and gums looking for signs of decay and other problems. They’ll apply fillings to cavities where possible, and perform extractions where necessary. Then your pet’s teeth will be cleaned and polished to a gleaming white. They’ll spend a short time in recovery and then they can go home.
Pet Dental Care At Home
There’s a lot you can do at home to promote good oral health in your pet. Get into the habit of inspecting their teeth regularly looking for signs of problems, including missing, broken, or darkened teeth and swollen, bleeding gums. With a little practice and patience, you can train your cat or dog to let you brush their teeth. Your vet can tell you about special dental treats, chews, and other foods that you can purchase to promote good oral health and hygiene in your pet.
Evergreen Vet Clinic in Oxford, CT, is ready to provide your pet with all their health care needs, including pet dentistry. To schedule an appointment for a dental exam and teeth cleaning just contact us online and we’ll be in touch with you soon.