While the majority of pets over age three have at least one stage (out of four) of periodontal disease, it is entirely preventable. With routine dental exams, professional cleanings, and a proactive approach to at-home oral health, you can keep your pet smiling without dental disease for a long time.
Plaque forms and accumulates on the surface of your pet’s teeth. Over time, it develops into tartar and creates ideal conditions for oral bacteria to flourish. This bacteria can lead to painful and serious health problems, including:
- Tooth and bone loss
- Bad breath
- Systemic infection
- Heart, liver, or kidney disease
- Upper respiratory issues
- Weight loss
- Compromised immunity
- Behavioral reactions to chronic pain and suffering
Fortunately, our dental services can catch oral health issues before they become full-blown problems. Whether we’re trying to prevent dental disease or treat problems related to it, we are here to help your pet feel their best. When a pet comes in for a routine wellness appointment, we always check on the teeth and gums. If we see any issues, we will suggest a full dental exam and cleaning. For everyone’s safety, these procedures require anesthesia.
Sometimes your pet’s behavior will change, which could indicate a problem in the mouth. Symptoms to watch out for include:
- Lack of appetite or inability to eat
- Foul odor from the mouth
- Painful in and around the mouth
- Swelling under the eyelids
No pet should have to endure the painful side effects of oral bacteria or dental disease. We are here to help prevent and treat dental issues. If you know or suspect your pet needs a little extra help, please give us a call at (530) 533-7513, or request an appointment here.