Dental health effects overall health. At Pine Bluff Animal Hospital, we recommend annual or semi-annual exams and cleanings to keep your pet’s mouth hygienic and free of harmful bacteria that may spread to other vital bodily organs. Dental exams are the first step towards proactive wellness! The health of your pet’s teeth and gums will be assessed, while looking for signs of pain, inflammation, or abnormal masses.
Symptoms of oral cavity and dental disease include: bad breath, excessive drooling, difficulty chewing, plaque on the teeth or near the gum line, decreased appetite, teeth chattering, weight loss, sneezing and nasal discharge, and irritability.
Dental cleanings are about more than keeping your pet’s teeth white and sparkling! Annual cleanings prevent painful periodontal disease, gingivitis, and bacterial infections which may lead to threatening conditions such as heart and kidney failure, liver damage, a weakened immune system, as well as damage to other essential bodily systems.
For your pet’s safety and comfort, cleanings must be performed under general anesthesia. Prior to the procedure, we will collect and analyze pre-surgical bloodwork to ensure your companion’s safety. Our experienced team will rigorously monitor vitals throughout the entire procedure and afterwards in recovery until they are awake and alert. By keeping up-to-date with annual cleanings, your pet’s mouth will be healthy and hygienic so you can enjoy all those loving kisses!
Dental radiography is an invaluable tool in determining complete dental health. Did you know over half of your companion’s teeth are beneath the gum line? For this reason, many painful oral conditions remain hidden such as foreign objects lodged in the gums, jaw and tooth fractures, abnormal roots, tumors, stomatitis, cysts, and abnormal, mal-positioned, missing, or dead teeth. Dental radiography is also invaluable during dental procedures and later when determining procedural success.
At-Home Dental Care
At-home dental care is recommended in between annual dental exams and cleanings to maintain dental health. This will reduce oral bacteria and plaque build-up that may potentially lead to more threatening health concerns. It is encouraged to brush your pet’s teeth every day or every other day, especially after a meal.
The younger your pet is when you begin brushing their teeth, the easier it will be for you. Some pets may be too resistant— that is perfectly okay. There are other alternatives such as dental treats and toys that remove plaque buildup and massage gums while your pet chews. It’s that easy!
We are more than happy to discuss at-home dental care and recommend pet toothpastes, toothbrushes, and oral solutions, as well as treats and toys.