Imagine if you never brushed your teeth or had them cleaned. Pretty frightening, right? As you can imagine, things would eventually start to go very, very bad inside your mouth: teeth would rot and decay, gums would become inflamed and infected. Bacteria from those rotting teeth would eventually travel into your bloodstream and could cause other serious health problems. And we haven’t even mentioned the daily, debilitating pain.
It’s the same scenario for your dog or cat. While some people might laugh at the idea of brushing their pet’s teeth or taking them for a dental cleaning, the fact is that by age three, roughly 80 percent of pets show some evidence of periodontal disease. Periodic dental exams help maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent future problems.
Signs of periodontal disease in pets include bad breath, broken teeth, excessive drooling, tooth discoloration, favoring one side of the mouth over the other, and bleeding gums.
Forrest Avenue Animal Hospital offers complete pet oral health services, including:
- Dental exams
- Annual dental cleanings
- Dental X-rays
Following American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines, Forrest Avenue Animal Hospital only does cleanings and dental work on anesthetized pets. To ensure pets are healthy enough to undergo anesthesia, we sometimes require a blood test prior to the procedure.
Preventive Dental Care
Brushing your pet’s teeth several times per week is the best way to prevent plaque and tartar build-up. Interested in learning how to brush your pet’s teeth? Just ask and our veterinarians will be happy to help you get started. If you have a pet that won’t tolerate brushing, our veterinarians can also recommend products that will help keep your pet’s mouth healthy in between cleanings.
To make an appointment for a dental exam or cleaning, call us at (302) 736-3000.