Dentistry is more important to your pet’s overall health than you may think! Just like us, they need oral check-ups and the regular removal of plaque and tartar from their teeth. From routine cleanings, to extractions and minor oral surgeries, we provide a wide range of dental services at Wayland Animal Clinic. Our professional examinations and care, combined with regular oral upkeep at home, will help keep your pet disease-free and healthy.
Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.
Common signs of dental disease include:
- Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
- Loose teeth
Wayland Animal Clinic recommends a dental health evaluation at least once a year. Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly oral surgery. Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body: Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart.
The good news is that these problems are highly preventable. Schedule your pet’s dental exam today. We can also help show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup.