Preventing Gum Disease with Pet Dental Care
Gum disease is one of the most common medical conditions in adult cats and dogs. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), many pets are already showing the signs of gum disease by three years old. Since gum disease causes tooth, bone loss, and many other problems, maintaining regular pet dental care is important. In fact, it’s as important for your four-legged friend as it is for you. We want our friends who visit us at Maurice Veterinary Clinic to be healthy throughout, including orally. By giving you pointers on how to care for your pet’s teeth at home, but also providing complete dental exams and cleanings, we keep your pet’s teeth sparkling clean.
Safe, Complete Care for Our Dental Patients
When you bring your pet in for regular dental care, you’ll be preventing gum disease and tooth decay, while also keeping their breath fresh. During any annual wellness exam, we’ll “flip the lip” to look for signs of gum disease, or periodontal disease. If your pet could benefit from a professional dental cleaning, we’ll run pre-anesthetic bloodwork to help ensure your pet’s safety during sedation.
More about pet dental care at our practice:
- Once your pet is under anesthesia, we thoroughly check their oral cavity for signs of tooth decay.
- If they have broken or decaying teeth, we let you know about the needed extractions while your pet is sedated.
- During our dental procedures, your pet’s vital signs are constantly monitored.
- Finally, dentals include the complete removal of hardened tartar, including any below the gum line.
Caring for Your Pet’s Teeth at Home
If you’ve ever tried to flip your own pet’s lip, you might have noticed how uncooperative they are. For the reason we sedate them during complete dental exams and cleanings, pets are simply not keen to the idea of someone poking inside their mouths. Still, as trying as it may seem, daily pet dental care can go a long way in preventing tooth and gum problems. First, find pet-friendly toothpaste and oral chews approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). Then, get your pet used to the idea of having their teeth brushed by starting a routine and keep an eye out for the signs of gum disease. Older pets tend to more vulnerable to oral problems.
Signs of gum disease include:
- Broken teeth
- Loose teeth
- Foul, offensive breath
- Inflamed gums
- Yellowed teeth
If you suspect your pet has gum disease or oral problems, contact us immediately. We care for the pets and people we serve at Maurice Veterinary Clinic.