Pet Dental Care with our Evans Veterinarian
If the thought of brushing your pet's teeth with animal safe brushes and toothpaste sounds a little unusual to you, our Evans veterinarian team wants you to know that it's actually a relatively simple act that's good for your pet's overall health as well as its teeth and gums!
The Importance of Pet Dental Health
Here at Hilltop Animal Hospital, we consider it our duty to educate pet parents on just how much pet dental health matters. For one thing, illnesses and injuries of the mouth can be painful for pets and impair their ability to chew and swallow their food.
Additionally, dental health in animals (much like in humans) is closely related to overall health. Research shows that animals with good dental health actually tend to live longer by a factor of years. Why is this so? Namely, sugar-loving bacteria living in uncleaned mouths can easily get into the bloodstream via infected or inflamed gums and teeth, then go onto infect other parts of an animal's body. This can lead to organ health issues like heart disease.
Lastly, good pet dental health saves you money! The amount you spend on annual pet dental exams and cleanings pales in comparison to the costs of treating dental disease.
Common Problems with Pet Dental Health
Here are a few of the most common ailments we evaluate, diagnose, and treat at our clinic:
- Plaque (which turns to tartar when it hardens)
- Periodontal disease (gum disease)
- Tooth fracture or infection (abscess)
- Jaw bone fracture
- Oral cysts and tumors
Symptoms of Dental Disease in Pets
Here's the thing about pet dental disease: you can't always tell if it's happening. Many times, a problem can develop before symptoms even show up...which is why regular screenings and cleanings with a vet is so important.
That said, here are a few of the most common symptoms:
- Bad breath
- Broken, chipped, loose, discolored, or missing teeth
- Bleeding or receding gums
- Bright red or very pale gums
- Lumps and bumps in and around the mouth
- Feeding difficulties (decreased appetite, frequently dropping food, chewing on one side of the mouth)
How Our Evans Veterinarian Team Treats & Prevents Pet Dental Disease
Our Evans veterinarian team provides yearly dental exams and cleanings with your pet under general anesthesia so we can more thoroughly do our job, and so your pet stays more comfortable. Our services can not only diagnose and treat issues but can help prevent issues from developing, too.
Among our pet dental services are:
- Comprehensive gum and teeth examination and cleaning
- Tooth Extractions
- Medications to address infections, pain, other issues
- Pet parent education on how to brush animal's teeth