Most humans are good about brushing and flossing their teeth twice a day and visiting the dentist, but most humans don’t know that their pets’ teeth need care, too. At Brookview Animal Hospital, we’re pleased to provide our patients with dental care to promote ongoing wellness.
Pets and Periodontal Disease: What You Should Know
Periodontal (gum) disease is highly common in pets, and most cats and dogs have some form of gum disease by the time they’re three years old.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums. It occurs when plaque and tartar build up along the gum line, creating pockets between the teeth and gums where bacteria thrive. Left unaddressed, periodontal disease can lead to oral pain and tooth loss. In more serious cases, bacteria from the infection can enter the bloodstream, damaging organs and even leading to death.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease in Pets
Signs of periodontal disease include:
Pet Dental Services in Parma
Our animal hospital offers a full range of dental care services to pets.
Dental Exams and Cleanings
Pet dental exams and cleanings are similar to a person’s dental appointment, but they occur with our patient under anesthesia. This ensures they experience no pain and can have their teeth thoroughly cleaned and examined without any stress.
While we’ll take a good look at your pet’s oral cavity, some issues cannot be seen with the naked eye. Depending on your pet’s condition, we might recommend taking a set of dental x-rays which can reveal dental problems occurring inside teeth or below the gum line.
If necessary, we’re fully equipped to perform oral surgery. Pets might require oral surgery to remove a broken tooth or to resolve an abscess.
How to Care for Your Pet's Teeth at Home
In between dental exams, we encourage our clients to take care of their pet’s teeth at home. There are lots of ways you can promote good oral hygiene for your pets. We recommend brushing your pet’s teeth at least once a week using a specially designed toothbrush and a toothpaste formulated for cats or dogs.
You can also provide dental-friendly treats and chew toys. If dental health is a major concern, our veterinarian can help you select dental-friendly pet food, too.
Schedule a Pet Dental Appointment in Parma
If your pet has any signs of periodontal disease, we recommend scheduling your pet for a dental exam. We’ll take a close look at your pet’s teeth while we clean and polish them. As a result, your pet will feel better and stay healthy! To learn more or schedule your pet’s dental appointment, contact Brookview Animal Hospital today.