Vet Blog

Pet Dental Care

March 28, 2018

Many people are unaware of the fact that the most common clinical condition for dogs and cats is periodontal disease. While true, this disease is completely preventable and right now is the best time to address the significance of your pet's dental health. Our Midlothian veterinarian at Animal Medical Center recommends regular pet dental care to help your pet maintain its overall health.

Why is Pet Dental Health Important?

Dental problems, such as periodontal disease, can cause big problems for dogs and cats. Not only can poor dental health lead to multiple problems in your cat's or dog's mouth. It has also been known to cause problems with internal organs when excess mouth bacteria are absorbed into the bloodstream.

Poor pet dental health can lead to:

  • Plaque
  • Bad breath
  • Tartar
  • Tooth root abscesses
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis

What Types of Things will a Veterinarian be Able to Screen for?

When your veterinarian performs a dental examination, he or she will also be able to screen for the other health issues that are often found in conjunction with periodontal disease in pets, which include heart muscle changes, liver, and kidney problems.

Veterinarians give an in-depth physical exam to determine whether other important dental issues should be addressed. Digital dental radiographs are administered to address any issues that may lurk beneath the gum line, such as gum inflammation or gingivitis, periodontal pockets or bone loss.

Common Pet Dental Problems

When your veterinarian examines your pet, he or she will be able to screen for periodontal disease, and for these common pet dental problems as well:

  • Defective palate
  • Fractured Jaw
  • Misalignments or malocclusions of the teeth and bite
  • Mouth tumors or cysts
  • Infected teeth or abscesses
  • Broken roots
  • Broken teeth

How a Veterinarian Can Help with Pet Dental Problems & Regular Oral Maintenance

Each pet should receive a thorough oral examination and deep dental cleaning at least once each year. The veterinarian can use this time with your pet to address any issues found, with the correct treatment protocol. He or she can also help you procure tools, such as special animal toothpaste and toothbrushes, and provide instructions for proper dental care for your pets at home.

Visit Animal Medical Center In Midlothian

If you would like to schedule an appointment for your pet's dental care, call 804-639-3900 to schedule an appointment. Animal Medical Center is located at 13821 Fribble Way in Midlothian, VA 23112.

We have urgent care walk-in appointments available.