It is estimated that around 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats more than three-years old have some form of the dental disease. Even though pets are extremely well taken care of, the number of those suffering from dental disease is astonishing. The disease can travel through the bloodstream if left untreated. This causes many problems, including heart, liver, and kidney disease.
There are many products on the market to help owners care for their pet’s teeth. The most ideal way to prevent periodontal disease is for owners to brush their pets teeth daily with a Fluoride free dental toothpaste. There are also dental chews, water additives, and prescription diets specially formulated to help pets with severe reoccurring issues.
Discolored teeth, bad breath, and even difficulty eating are common signs of dental disease. Some owners notice blood in their pet’s mouths, which is another sign they have advanced dental disease. You need to schedule an examination as soon as possible if you notice any of these common signs.
Routine examinations by a veterinarian are very important for good dental health. Once your veterinarian has checked your pets teeth, they can give you an estimate of the grade of tartar build up and address any teeth that may need to be extracted. Extractions are done at veterinarian discretion. The most common causes of extractions are loose teeth, fractures in the tooth, root exposure, and severely diseased teeth.
Your veterinarian may recommend a professional dental cleaning under anesthesia. All pets are completely anesthetized for dental cleanings. This makes the process as safe for your pet as possible. A technician then uses an ultrasonic scaler to remove the tartar buildup. After all of the tartar has been removed, and extractions are finished if needed, all of the remaining teeth are then polished. This seals over any groves in the teeth to help aide in reducing tartar buildup and protect the enamel of your pets teeth.
Feel free to contact us today at (512) 846-1901 if you have any questions about dental health or the services we offer.
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