The Importance of Pet Dentistry
Pets can get gum disease, just like people can, which means they should also have regular dental exams and cleanings like people do. The mouth often serves as an indicator of a pet’s body health, making oral health one of the most important components of caring for a pet. If neglected, poor oral health (tartar buildup, etc.) can eventually lead to gum disease, which can leave your pet in serious pain. It can also result in tooth loss and ultimately affect the heart, liver, and kidneys, potentially shortening your pet’s lifespan.
Although dogs are typically more at risk, cats can develop gum disease, too. In fact, most dogs and cats have some form of gum disease by just 3 years of age. The good news is that with regular professional veterinary exams at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic and Lodge in Rittman, OH, combined with at-home care, you can prevent gum disease and other dental problems for your pet.
About Our Dental Services
We offer comprehensive dental services to keep your pet’s teeth and gum healthy for a lifetime. For the safety of our patients and for the most-effective treatment, we perform all dental procedures under anesthesia. We begin by conducting a physical exam and blood work to make sure your dog or cat is healthy enough for anesthesia and the dental procedure itself. Once we determine that there aren’t any underlying health issues, we proceed with the dental treatment.
We use modern and safe ultrasound to clean each tooth thoroughly above and below the gum line. We rely on digital dental radiography to view below the gum line, as this is where a large percentage of dental problems tend to be found. Our dental technicians then polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface that’s more resistant to plaque buildup. We also provide fluoride treatments to help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.
At-Home Dental Care
We recommend that you establish an at-home teeth-cleaning regimen for your pet as soon as possible to help maintain their oral health well into their golden years. During your pet’s dental exam at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic and Lodge, we can provide you with helpful information about the toothbrushes and toothpastes we recommend as well as some brushing tips. We’ll also give you a complimentary “goody bag” to help you effectively care for your pet’s teeth between their dental appointments to our clinic.
Please feel free to contact us any time you have questions about your pet’s oral health or if you need to schedule a dental exam/cleaning.