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Pet  Dental  Care in Columbia

Dental Care for Dogs and CatsPet Dental Health in Columbia, South Carolina

You are a responsible pet owner and you take good care of your pet. But do you always remember to take care of your pet's teeth?

Dental disease, specifically periodontal disease, is the most common ailment affecting pet dogs and cats. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop gum disease by the age of three years. Periodontal disease can have a serious impact on both your pet's well-being and general health.

If left untreated, dental disease can not only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition, but it can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet's overall health before symptoms are noticeable. Regular dental check-ups at Ambassador Animal Hospital, combined with good dental hygiene at home, can protect your pet's health and help ensure your pet leads the best life possible.

Your Pet's Dental Examination at Ambassador Animal Hospital

Just like in humans, infection and inflammation of the gums and supporting tissues of the teeth are caused by bacteria present in plaque and tartar. When tartar builds up on your pet's teeth, it can lead to bad breath, bleeding, receding gums, and even eventual tooth loss. Our veterinarians and staff believe that the centerpiece of good dental care is a complete oral examination followed by a thorough cleaning designed to remove plaque and slow its buildup.

At Ambassador Animal Hospital, your pet's dental appointment includes:

  • Oral examination under anesthesia
  • Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease
  • Supra and subgingival scaling using an ultrasonic scaler
  • Tooth extractions
  • Polishing
  • Irrigation
  • Fluoride application

Should we find any issues, such as evidence of gum or tooth erosion, gingivitis, or excessive plaque buildup, we will discuss this with you and offer treatment options for your pet. We are experienced dental practitioners and are capable of offering a number of dental procedures.


Before and After Pet Dental Cleaning


Caring for Your Pet's Teeth and Gums at Home

You can prevent serious dental problems by making sure your pet receives dental exams at the time of each vaccination, again at 6 months of age, and then annually. In between visits to your Columbia, SC veterinarian at Ambassador Animal Hospital, check your pet's teeth regularly for signs of problems. Brushing your pet's teeth is the single most important act you can do to maintain good oral health. If performed regularly, brushing dramatically decreases the incidence of gingivitis and can increase the interval between teeth cleaning appointments.

If you are unsure of how to brush your pet's teeth, please ask a staff member at Ambassador Animal Hospital for help.

Signs of Pet Dental Problems

Halitosis, or bad breath, is the most common sign of dental disease. Classic "doggy breath" is not necessarily normal. It can indicate an infection of the gums and potentially the other supporting structures of the teeth. Other symptoms of dental disease include:

  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

If your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call Ambassador Animal Hospital today at (803) 787-3840 for an appointment, so your pet does not need to spend any more time with oral discomfort.