Dentistry

How healthy is your pet’s mouth?

You may know that caring for your pet’s teeth is important, but did you know doing so could add years to his or her life? Without adequate care, your pet’s mouth can become a haven for dangerous plaque and bacteria. Over time, this buildup can lead to other medical problems throughout your companion’s entire body. By keeping on top of your pet’s oral health care, you can prevent these risks, extending the time you share together. Patterson Veterinary Hospital wants to support you in this crucial endeavor.

 

Routine, Preventative Care

Similar to the concept of caring for your own teeth, prevention is the key to keeping your pet’s mouth healthy. We recommend bringing your companion in at least once a year to receive a thorough dental exam. We’ll also clean your pet’s teeth using modern dentistry equipment and polish them to prevent future build up. Once you bring your pet home, it’s equally important that you continue the work we started. This includes regular brushing and may also involve using certain products designed to support good oral health.

 

Advanced Dentistry Services

If your pet is one of the roughly 70-80% of adult companion animals that suffer dental problems, we can assist with that as well. Our team is experienced in performing a number of advanced dentistry services, including treatment of abscesses and removal of diseased teeth. All dental procedures require the use of anesthesia, which we carefully administer and monitor for optimum patient comfort and safety.

Some of the signs that a pet may be experiencing a dental problem include:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Bad breath
  • Pawing at the face
  • Swollen mouth
  • Changes to eating or chewing habits
  • Broken, loose or missing teeth
  • Inflamed or bleeding gums

Any of these things could be an indicator of an oral health condition. We encourage you to make an appointment right away if your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms. The sooner we can address a potential problem, the better the outcome.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can make your pet’s oral health a priority!

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