Dental care is a vital part of your pet’s health care routine and general wellness. Regular professional dental exams and cleanings as well as at-home care will keep your pet’s teeth strong and healthy for years to come. Without proper dental care, bacteria and plaque buildup on your pet’s teeth, hardening into tartar which causes gingivitis, receding gums, and tooth loss. When left untreated, dental disease can lead to severe pain, oral infection, and even infections within the organ systems.
Professional Dental Care at Essex Animal Hospital
Essex Animal Hospital is dedicated to providing the following comprehensive, preventative dental services for both dogs and cats:
- Thorough dental examinations
- Comprehensive dental cleanings, polishing, and fluoride treatments
- Minor oral surgery including, but not limited to, tooth extractions, fistula repairs and removal of oral tumors.
- Comprehensive pain management before, during and after any oral procedure that may produce discomfort.
- Monitored general anesthesia through the dental procedure by our knowledgeable, well-trained technicians with the aid of digital monitoring equipment.
- Home dental care instructions and product recommendations.
Symptoms of Pet Dental Disease
Please call us to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians if your dog or cat is exhibiting any of these signs of dental diseases:
- Loss of appetite or loss of weight
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth
At-Home Dental Care for Your Pet
Brushing your dog or cat’s teeth on a daily basis will help reduce or eliminate plaque buildup. Plaque, the accumulation of bacteria, can quickly lead to periodontitis. Symptoms of periodontitis are pockets of chronic infection, oral pain, and other severe infections. When left untreated, periodontitis will eventually loosen and destroy the teeth with the potential for bone loss. Infections under the gum line can also spread to the liver, kidneys, and heart. Essex Animal Hospital can provide you with advice and various options on how to care for your dog or cat’s teeth at home. Call us today to speak with us about your pet’s dental care or to schedule a dental exam.