Your pet's oral health is crucial to its overall health and well-being. Poor oral health can lead to several problems, including pain, infection, and tooth loss. Brushing your pet's teeth regularly and taking them to the vet for annual cleanings is important. At Ambassador Animal Hospital in Columbia, SC, we're happy to answer any questions about pet dental care.
What Are Common Dental Problems in Pets?
Pets can have a wide range of issues that affect not only their mouth but the rest of their internal systems. Pets as early as age three can develop issues that need to be taken seriously. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums and periodontal disease is infection and inflammation of the tissues around the teeth. These conditions can cause pain, tooth loss, bad breath, and other serious health problems. Fortunately, they are all preventable with proper dental care.
What Are Signs My Pet Has Dental Problems?
Pets rely on their teeth for everyday activities, from eating to playing. Just like humans, they can develop dental problems that require professional care. Watch for these signs that indicate your pet may have a dental issue.
Bad breath is one of the most common signs of pet dental problems. If your dog or cat has persistent bad breath that doesn't go away with brushing, it's time to take them to the vet. Yellow or brown teeth are another sign of trouble. Plaque and tartar can build up on your pet's teeth, causing discoloration. This buildup can also lead to gum disease and tooth loss.
If you notice your pet drooling more than usual, it could signify an abscessed tooth or another serious problem. Your pet may also paw at its mouth or face if it's in pain. If you notice any of these symptoms, it's important to get your pet in for a dental exam right away.
How Can A Veterinarian Help with Dental Care?
Dental care is an important part of veterinary medicine. Veterinarians can clean teeth, extract teeth, and place crowns. We can also treat gum disease and other oral health problems. Dental care is important for all animals but essential for pets with heart or kidney disease. These conditions can be made worse by dental issues. Pets with these conditions should see a veterinarian for dental care at least once a year.
Visit Ambassador Animal Hospital for Dental Care
Our veterinarians are here for all of your pet's needs, including dental healthcare. We encourage pet owners to check their furry companion's oral health frequently. Reach out to us to schedule an appointment today by calling us at (803) 787-3840.