Dog and Cat Dental Care
Dental care is essential to your pet's overall health. Without a proper pet dental plan, minor oral issues can progress into advanced and hard-to-treat illnesses later on. At Faulkner Animal Hospital, we are here to help you implement a dental plan for your pet and prevent issues like gingivitis, cavities, and other issues that stem from poor dental health.
We recommend that your pet has a dental exam and cleaning once a year for best results. However, if your pet has a tendency to chew on hard or abrasive items, such as bones, tennis balls, or even rocks—then we suggest coming in more often to keep an eye on your pet's teeth.
By age 3, most pets are already on their way to having dental disease. Help protect them.
Complete Dental Care for Health Benefits
Want an easy way to see if your pet needs dental care? "Flip" his or her lip and check your pet's teeth for anything unusual. If you notice foul breath, discoloration, missing teeth, or any signs of discomfort, give us a call so we can provide recommendations on treatment.
If left untreated, dental problems can lead to more complex conditions such as:
- Bacterial infections
- Mouth pain
- Heart disease
When your pet receives a dental cleaning from our hospital, these are the steps you can expect from us:
- Dental exam of all teeth to determine if there is a presence of any underlying oral issues.
- Scaling of the teeth—above and below the gum line—to remove accumulated plaque and tartar.
- Polishing and smoothing of the teeth’s enamel surfaces.
- Applying tooth sealants to protect your pet’s teeth after cleaning.
- Conduct any tooth extractions (if necessary) for your pets ongoing health and comfort.
Dental Disease in Your Pets
Preventing dental disease is the best cure! If you see any of the following signs in your pet, you might want to schedule a dental exam sooner than later so that we can tackle any issues early on.
- Yellow/brown residue encrusted along the gum line
- Bad breath
- Swollen, bright red gums
- Excessive drooling
- Dropping food while eating
- Increased irritability, less active than usual
- Pawing at their face and mouth
- Eating less