At Augusta Animal Clinic, pet dental care is one of the most important services provided by our Indianapolis veterinarian team. Good oral health is essential for your pet’s longevity and comfort!
Why Is Pet Dental Care so Important?
Healthy teeth and gums are good for your cat or dog. First of all, just consider how uncomfortable you are when you have a toothache. Pets with dental disease often have trouble eating because their mouth is painful. Plus, research shows that having good oral health may actually increase your pet’s lifespan by many years! This is because the development of pet dental disease can introduce bacteria into the bloodstream and lead to infections in the heart and other organs.
Lastly, pet dental care is good for you, because preventing oral health disease in your cat or dog is far less stressful and expensive than treating one.
Common Pet Dental Conditions an Indianapolis Vet Can Screen For on a Pet Dental Exam
We look for the following conditions when we provide a pet dental exam (which is performed with your pet under general sedation for comfort and safety):
- Periodontal disease: gum inflammation and damage
- Plaque: sticky residue that can coat your pet’s teeth, which can carry bacteria and cause cavities and tooth abscess (tooth infections)
- Tartar: hardened plaque that is more difficult to remove
- Tooth fractures, missing teeth, extra teeth
- Oral lumps and bumps
- Jaw malocclusions (misalignments)
How a Veterinarian Can Help Manage Pet Dental Care
Through pet dental exam and cleanings, our veterinarian team can provide early detection for oral health conditions and monitor disease progress. We can also provide interventions such as tooth extractions and scaling (gum cleaning) to alleviate pet discomfort and maximize health.
At our animal hospital, we’re also sure to take the time to educate pet parents about proper oral maintenance at home. In addition to routine pet dental exam and cleanings, we also recommend:
- Brushing your pet’s teeth. Even a few times a week is better than none. Use vet-approved and pet-safe toothpaste and toothbrushes. We’ll teach you how!
- Giving your pet nutritious food that supports oral health.
- Providing your animal with safe chew toys.
- Understanding signs of pet dental disease, including bad breath, excessive drooling, bleeding gums and teeth, missing teeth, discolored teeth, and frequently dropping food or vocalizing while eating.