Pet Dental Care FAQs


posted: Oct 29, 2019.

Pet Dental Care FAQs

Like people, pets need quality dental care to help preserve the health of their teeth. Pet dental care includes an annual exam and cleaning from your Memphis veterinarian. The following FAQs from Berclair Animal Hospital P.C. explain more about dental care and how it protects your pet’s oral health.

How Can I Tell if My Pet Has Dental Issues?

There are warning signs to indicate that your kit or pup has dental issues. These include terrible breath, discolored teeth, swollen or bleeding gums, difficulty chewing due to pain and discomfort, and excessive drooling. If you notice these signs in your pet, contact your Memphis veterinarian for a checkup.

What Causes Dental Issues and Periodontal Disease?

Many dental problems are caused by plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. Over time, this buildup can lead to gum infection and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease destroys the bone structure holding your pet’s teeth in place, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. If the disease enters your pet’s bloodstream, it can cause liver, heart, and kidney problems.

What Does Pet Dental Care Entail?

Our veterinarian will thoroughly examine your pet’s teeth and gums to see if there are signs of dental issues or disease. A thorough inspection includes x-rays and checking teeth under the gum line. Your pet will be sedated for the examination to keep him still and protect him from pain and discomfort. Dental treatments and cleaning will also be performed while your pet is sedated to enable us to do a thorough job. At Berclair Animal Hospital, we recommend your pet have annual dental exams and cleanings to maintain good oral health.

What Can I Do at Home to Prevent Dental Issues with My Pet?

Brushing your pet’s teeth at home several times a week with pet toothpaste can help reduce plaque buildup and improve his oral health. You can also buy treats, chew toys, and water additives designed to keep your pet’s teeth clean.

See Your Memphis Veterinarian for Pet Dental Care

To schedule a dental checkup for your beloved pet, contact Berclair Animal Hospital in Memphis at 901-685-8204 today.

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