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Just like their human family members, our pets need dental care and cleanings throughout their lifetimes. Pet dental care is an important element of the veterinary care we provide, because dental problems are linked to everything from appetite loss and discomfort to heart disease and organ failure. Fortunately, regular cleanings and other comprehensive dental services make it much easier to keep your pet's teeth and gums clean and healthy.
Your dog or cat depends on you to prevent complications and schedule the care they need to thrive. Here are the basics of your pet's dental care needs:
Your pet's annual wellness exam will include a basic dental screening. During this evaluation, your veterinarian will inspect your pet's teeth and gums for signs of decay or disease. If your pet shows symptoms of dental problems, we may perform a more comprehensive oral exam
At Yarmouth Veterinary Center, we perform most pet dental cleanings under anesthesia to eliminate pain and stress. During each cleaning, we monitor vital signs closely as we use special instruments to eliminate buildup and evaluate oral health. Your Yarmouth veterinarian will scale and polish each tooth, which removes plaque and tartar buildup while smoothing the teeth's surfaces to discourage future buildup. We may also perform a full cleaning of the area below the gum tissue, a periodontal procedure that is only possible under sedation.
Regular checkups and annual cleanings are great preventative and diagnostic measures, but what if your pet is already suffering from dental decay, gum disease, or another pet dental problem? Our Yarmouth veterinarian offers comprehensive pet dental care, including treatments and services for pets with existing problems. Dental injuries and decay can seriously interfere with your pet's physical health and quality of life, so we encourage you to seek pet dental care at the first sign of problems.
So, when is it time to seek pet dental care? Watch for the following symptoms:
If you notice any of these symptoms – or if it's been more than a year since your pet's least oral exam or cleaning – then give us a call right away.
That's right, dogs and cats have to brush their teeth too! Of course, we recommend you do it for them. While regular dental checkups and cleanings are vital, they aren't enough to maintain proper oral hygiene throughout the year. At-home dental care is also crucial, because frequent cleanings prevent buildup between cleanings. Ask your pet's vet which toothpastes, brushes, teething treats, and other pet dental products we recommend to maximize your pet's dental hygiene.
Does your pet need dental care in Yarmouth? Call us today to schedule your pet's next dental cleaning.
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