Saving Smiles with Pet Dental Care
While your pet may not be able to brush their own teeth, you can still keep their teeth and gums healthy. Without proper care, tartar will build up on their teeth and possibly result in gum disease. Gum disease is a painful infection that affects the teeth and gums, causing inflammation, bad breath, tooth loss, and an overall decrease in quality of life.
While gum disease is one of the most pervasive health conditions seen in pets, it is also one of the most easily preventable. At Carriage Animal Hospital in Lombard, our doctors and staff are equipped to treat a variety of dental health issues. Furthermore, they’re here to help you develop healthy oral care habits for your pet that will keep them healthy and happy for years to come.
Our Dental Services
With our cutting edge dental equipment, we can effectively diagnose and treat gum disease in its earliest stages. This involves the following services:
- Digital dental radiography – Dental X-rays allow our team to fully evaluate the extent of gum disease and other oral conditions in pets. In turn, this enables us to make a more complete and accurate diagnosis and therefore devise the best treatment. X-rays can also help us determine if any extractions will be needed.
- Pre-anesthetic blood work – All dental cleanings must be performed with pets under general anesthesia. To increase their safety, we require blood work to assess organ function and check for signs of illness.
- Dental cleaning – A technician will clean and polish each tooth, removing accumulated plaque and tartar and smoothing the tooth surface to prevent future buildup.
- Extractions – To treat teeth that are loose, broken or decaying, we need to extract them. Following an extraction, we will take dental X-rays to make sure no roots have been left behind.
How to Tell if Your Pet Has Gum Disease
Gum disease prevention is our primary goal for every pet–it not only affects the mouth, but the whole body. Your pet’s heart, liver and kidneys can become infected if bacteria from their mouth enters their bloodstream. This infection can result in illness and a shorter life.
Gum disease can begin developing in pets as young as three years old, and its symptoms may vary:
- Yellow/brown teeth
- Teeth that are loose, broken, and/or decayed
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Difficulty eating/chewing
- Red, swollen (and sometimes bleeding) gums
- Swelling around the muzzle/face
- Won’t play with chew toys or engage in tugging games
Providing Dental Care at Home
Talk to one of our veterinarians for advice on how to brush your pet’s teeth or implement other dental treatments. These practices can treat plaque and tartar buildup, and prevent future problems. Furthermore, professional dental cleanings at our hospital can supplement your pet’s daily care.