It’s important for your pets to maintain optimal oral hygiene to avoid more serious health problems. Unfortunately, most dogs over the age of two suffer from periodontal disease, which can be painful and prevent your pet from living life to the fullest. High Point Animal Hospital can provide expert pet dentistry to keep your best friend happy and healthy.
Similar to humans, animals can contract more serious health issues through poor dental hygiene. As plaque and tartar accumulate, your pet may become more vulnerable to gingivitis and other bacterial infections. These can be easily averted by scheduling annual dog teeth cleaning appointments at our Whalley animal hospital. Our experienced team can also recommend special products and diets to help promote the dental health of your pet.
There are some simple ways to check your pet’s mouth for potential dental problems. Bad breath can be the first sign of gum disease or poor dental hygiene. If you notice substantial yellow plaque built up on their teeth, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your Whalley pet dentist, High Point Animal Hospital. Dental diseases can also cause swollen gums or tooth pain, which may result in your pet having a decreased appetite or trouble eating.
Here is a list of signs that can occur when your pet is having dental problems:
- Bad breath – usually the first sign of dental disease
- A yellow-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
- Red and swollen gums
- Pain or bleeding while eating or when the mouth or gums are touched
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
- Loose of missing teeth.
Gingivitis – inflammation of the gums.
Periodontitis – a general term for a disease of the oral cavity that attacks the gum and bone and delicate tissues around the teeth.
Pyorrhea – inflammation of the gums and tooth sockets, often leading to loosening of the teeth and accompanied by pus.
Plaque – the first buildup of material adhering to tooth enamel. Composed of a mix of intercellular matrix of bacteria, salivary polymers, remnants of epithelial cells and white blood cells, it can cause caries, calculi buildup and periodontal disease.
Calculus (Tartar) – calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate combined with organic material, deposited on the surface of the tooth.
Dr. Rameez Sharma has years of experience treating pet patients large and small. From dentistry to flea control, the compassionate team at High Point Animal Hospital are committed to the happiness and health of your pet. To learn more about pet dentistry or to request an appointment, contact us today.
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