Pet Dental Care for Healthy Gums
Pets need regular dental cleanings and check-ups just like we do. In fact, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, most cats and dogs show some signs of gum disease by the age of three. Our pet dental care services make for fresh, healthy mouths. The same common dental issues seen in most pets by age three are easily prevented with regular dental care. Adult pets should see us at Northside Animal Hospital every year for professional cleanings and senior pets should see us twice a year, because they are more susceptible to medical issues, including dental. Schedule your Columbus pet’s dental care visit with us today.
Preventing Gum Disease in Your Pet
Luckily, gum disease is easily preventable in your pet. Brushing your pet’s teeth daily makes a huge difference in their oral care, but we know that can be easier said than done with some pets. By bringing your pet in yearly or biannually for professional dental cleanings, you can keep tartar at bay. We’ll also educate you on how you might get your pet’s teeth brushed daily. Dog’s may be trained with treats and if you manage to brush their teeth at least two to three times a week, you’ll be making a huge difference in their pet dental care.
Cleaning your pet’s teeth is important, because plaque can build up on teeth and harden into tartar. Gum disease occurs when tartar invades the gum line. This leads to tooth decay, bone loss and damage to the surrounding soft tissue. In severe cases, gum disease turns into periodontitis and the bacteria enters the bloodstream and can cause permanent damage to internal organs.
Watching for Signs of Gum Disease in Your Pet
It’s helpful to know the signs of gum disease in pets, especially as they get older. Sometimes, your pet may need teeth extracted or simply need dental scaling to remove stubborn plaque. At Northside Animal Hospital, we can take care of all your pet dental care needs. We’ll give your pet a thorough examination and cleaning under closely monitored anesthesia. Please contact us for dental care services, if you notice any of the following in your pet:
- Foul breath
- Yellow or discolored teeth
- Trouble chewing food
- Decreased appetite
- Red, inflamed gums
- Bleeding gums
- Swelling around their face and jaw
- Pain and tenderness around their face and jaw
At Northside Animal Hospital, we take your pet’s care seriously and we want only the best for your fur-baby. Please contact us for any more information about our pet dental care services.