Pet Dental Care
When it comes to your pet's oral health, good hygiene is everything. However, most adult dogs and cats in the US have gingivitis or dental disease despite having access to more pet dental care options than ever before. Helping more pet parents know about these options and understand how to utilize them to their pets’ benefit is a major goal for our team here in Plano.
Why Oral Health is Important
A healthy mouth is a gateway to complete systemic health. When plaque and tartar accrue on the teeth, they can also spread under the gum line and secrete infection-causing bacteria. Your pet may experience gum tissue loss, and possibly tooth loss. With advanced dental disease, the infection in your pet’s mouth may even spread to their heart, liver, or kidneys.
Dental disease is a serious condition that can only get worse. Request your pet’s dental exam today.
How to Prevent Dental Disease
With routine preventive pet dental care, your pet can avoid painful oral conditions and therefore live a healthier, happier life. There are two important ways you can manage your pet’s dental health:
Professional Dental Care at Our Hospital
Humane Animal Medical & Surgical Hospital is fully-equipped with up-to-date dental tools and protocols in order to:
- Examine your pet’s mouth while they are sedated to check for loose teeth and other obvious problems above the gum line
- Do digital dental X-rays to look for bone loss, tooth damage, abscesses, and other issues below the gum line
- Scale the teeth above and below the gum line to remove all traces of tartar
- Extract loose, decayed, or broken teeth
- Do post-extraction dental X-rays (if needed)
Taking care of your pet’s teeth at home is paramount to keeping them plaque-free between professional cleanings. You can brush your pet’s teeth daily, switch them to a dental-friendly diet, and try other care products we offer at our hospital. Just ask for recommendations, and we’ll be more than happy to help you.
Knowing If Your Pet Has Oral Pain
Our animal companions do not respond to pain the way we do. Since pain is just one sign of oral infection, it’s important to recognize when there’s a problem. Other signs include:
- Bad breath
- Heavy drooling
- Brown/yellow buildup on the teeth (flip your pet’s lip to check)
- Blood-tinged saliva
- Dropping food
- Sleeping more often
- Eating less
- Pawing or rubbing at the mouth
If you see any of these signs, call our hospital immediately at (972) 578-2553.