When was the last time you had your pet’s teeth cleaned? According to the AVMA, pets who have never had a teeth cleaning have signs of dental disease by the time they are three years old. For that reason, Animal Clinic of Rogue River recommends that all pets have a yearly dental cleaning and oral examination.
Gum Disease in Dogs and Cats
Dogs and cats are prone to developing the same types of dental diseases and problems as humans, including gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth decay, staining and cavities. The process of dental decay and disease starts every time your pet eats. When your pet eats, food particles get on their teeth and gums. This fuels the bacteria in your pet’s mouth, causing an acid attack on the enamel of their teeth and creating a sticky, clear substance called plaque. If the plaque is left on teeth, it hardens into tartar. When plaque and tartar are left on your pet’s teeth for an extended period of time, it can lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease, cavities and oral infections.
Signs of Dental Disease in Pets
When it comes to detecting potential oral health problems in your pets, owners must be vigilant in noticing changes in behavior. This is because pets often do not show their pain until the pain is severe. If you notice any of the signs below, it is important that you contact us to schedule an exam for a dental checkup.
- Broken or Loose Teeth
- Discomfort While Eating
- Extremely bad Breath
- Excessive or Bloody Drool
- Red Gums
- Stained or Discolored Teeth
- Swollen or Inflamed Gums
- Change in Food Texture Preference
The Hazards of Untreated Periodontal Disease in Pets
Untreated periodontal disease in dogs and cats can lead to dangerous infections, like abscesses and blood infections. Advanced dental disease may also affect your pet’s heart, liver and kidneys. In order to avoid these potentially life-threatening conditions, it is important to keep your pet’s teeth clean with a combination of at-home care and regular veterinary teeth cleanings.
Professional Dental Cleaning and Assessment for your pet
Animal Clinic of Rogue River recommends that all dogs and cats receive their first dental exam at their first puppy or kitten appointment and at least once per year during their annual exam. Pet dental exams include an exam of your pet’s head, neck, face, ears, and mouth in order to check for signs of health problems. A professional dental cleaning and assessment will then be scheduled. During this procedure, your pet will be placed under anesthesia, teeth will be cleaned, completely assessed for disease and x-ray’ed to assess roots for disease. Once the teeth are clean and dental disease treated, we can discuss home care of your pet’s teeth, such as teeth brushing and appropriate dental chews
To learn more about our veterinary dental services and how they can protect the health of your pet, call us at (541) 582-1440 today.