Clean teeth and healthy gums are essential to your pet’s health. Infections are more common in the mouth because they can go undetected for long periods of time. Many heart, liver or kidney problems start as a tooth or gum problem. Our veterinary staff regularly performs oral exams, cleanings, and periodontal care as part of our comprehensive health care goals.
Common signs of dental problems include: bad breath; a yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line; red, swollen gums; pain or bleeding when eating or when mouth is touched; decreased appetite or difficulty eating; or loose or missing teeth.
We usually recommend yearly dental exams and cleanings , but it can vary depending on your pet’s individual needs. When we do dental cleanings, first we scale the teeth using modern and safe ultrasonic technology to clean each tooth thoroughly – above and below the gum line. Then, dental technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup. Finally, fluoride treatments help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.
Here at Southridge we are also equipped for dental extractions, if needed, and send most pets home on a course of antibiotics if any periodontal disease is present.