Edmond Dental Cleaning Services for Pets
Give Your Pet a Healthy Smile
When we think about our pets’ health, we often forget about a vital part of their wellbeing – their dental care. As a species that are routinely taught to brush our own teeth twice a day, we really ought to make more effort to ensure that our animals’ teeth are as healthy as our own.
Some of the symptoms of poor oral care in pets include:
- Weight loss because infected gums and tooth pain can result in a reduced appetite.
- Bad breath due to neglected teeth and gums.
- Dirty, stained teeth that could harbor bacteria.
- Heart, kidney, and liver disease which can all arise from untreated dental infections.
- Premature death because bad teeth and gums can shorten your pet’s life expectancy.
One of the primary causes of these problems is gum disease which sees bacteria-harboring plaque and tartar accumulate on your pets’ teeth. This can infect the gum tissue, causing pain and potential tooth loss. The bacteria can also enter the blood stream and cause damage to internal organs, which, when left untreated, can lead to organ failure and death.
Research has shown that dental disease is the primary health concern for cats, with around 70% of felines over three years old experiencing some form of dental problem. At between four to six months old, kittens lose their baby teeth and develop their permanent ones. Once the permanent teeth are present, your cat should have around 30 teeth total.
Some of the symptoms of dental disease in cats include:
- Bad breath
- Broken or missing teeth
- Blood in the saliva
- Discolored teeth
- Receding gums
- Bleeding, red, or swollen gums
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
Dental prophylaxis, otherwise known as a clean and polish, is the most routine dental treatment performed on cats. It usually takes around 60 minutes and there is no need for your cat to stay with us afterwards. While all dental work requires that your pet has general anesthetic, the risks are minimal and we can perform a pre-anesthetic screening test if requested or required. Once your cat is under sedation, we will perform an oral examination before commencing with cleaning and polishing. If any radiographs or extractions are required, we will do them at this time.
It is vital to carry on your cat’s dental care at home. There are a variety of brushing kits available that usually include a finger brush, small pet toothbrush, and special toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste on your pets’ teeth. Make brushing your cats’ teeth an integral part of their daily routine to ensure that you are providing the best preventative care for dental disease possible.
Doggy dental care in Edmond is also extremely important. Most adult dogs will have 42 teeth by the time they are 7 or 8 months old but many show signs of gum disease by the time they are 4 years old due to a lack of proper cleaning.
Symptoms of poor dental or oral health can include:
- Excessive drooling
- Loose teeth
- Inflamed or red gums
- Tumors in the gum
- Cysts under the tongue
- Excessively bad breath
As with cats, brushing your dogs’ teeth as a part of their regular daily routine can help prevent the onset of oral decay. There are plenty of canine brushing kits available, or you could use gauze wrapped around your fingers. Again, make sure you purchase special pet toothpaste as human toothpaste can make your pup very sick.
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