Few of us would accept “bad” breath in ourselves or our human companions. Yet, it is commonly accepted that bad breath in pets is normal—many owners even joke about it. But, the truth is that unpleasant breath can signal dental disease. In fact, this may be the only clinical sign of oral pain.
Dental Evaluation at Each Exam
Dental health is an important aspect of a pet’s overall wellness, long life, and comfort. During regular health care visits at Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center, every dog and cat receives a dental assessment. Since there can be no clinical signs of oral pain or disease, regular examination by a veterinarian is key. Pets will not stop eating due to dental pain, as many owners commonly believe.
Based on our examination and amount of tartar we see, we will offer suggestions for further treatment. Our recommendations for your pet’s preventive dental care are based on the guidelines and protocols of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
The Importance of Pet Dental Health
Prevention of pet dental disease is vital to your pet’s overall health. It is important to remove plaque from the teeth in order to avoid periodontal disease. Left unchecked, periodontal disease can progress to bone infection and more serious health problems such as heart, lung, and kidney disease.
Mouth pain is very uncomfortable for pets, so this is a veterinary health issue we want to avoid. The benefits of dental care are immediately evident in reduced oral pain, improved ability to chew food, and improved breath.
State-of-the Art Dental Care and Cleanings
The development of plaque varies from cat to cat and dog to dog, but it is widely acknowledged that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease as early as the age of three. Some animals are more prone to dental disease and, for these cats and dogs, annual teeth cleanings are warranted.
Pet dental cleanings closely resemble what you experience at the dentist, but for reasons of safety, the process is performed under general anesthesia. During dental procedures, we will take detailed digital x-rays to ensure that other riskier or painful conditions are not present (abscesses, oral tumors, resorptive lesions, etc.).
Modern Pet Dental Suite
At Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center, we pride ourselves on our high standards of dental care for dogs and cats. Our pet dental suite is equipped similarly to a human dental office, including ultramodern dental units, high-speed drills, ultrasonic scalers, and advanced digital dental imaging.
Post-Dental Cleaning Care
After dental surgery, we will schedule a free follow-up exam to discuss next steps. Continued home care, including tooth brushing and good diet choices, is essential to slow the return of tartar and help maintain good oral health in your pet.
Contact our Willis office to learn more about pet dental services in the Conroe and Montgomery TX area.