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During your pet's annual wellness exam, our veterinarians examine your pet by taking a look at your cat or dog's teeth and gums. Cat and dog dental care, however, goes much further than a visual inspection. Pet dentistry exists to safeguard your pet's overall health and comfort throughout his or her life.
Many pet caregivers are not familiar with pet dentistry and what it entails. Our veterinarians have answered some of your frequently asked questions about pet dental in Cary. Learn more below:
Pet dental care is important for the same reasons good oral hygiene is important for people. Maintaining your pets' oral health will prevent them from encountering painful problems with their teeth and gums such as abscesses, cavities, infections, and periodontal disease. In fact, if left untreated, periodontal disease can harm your pet's organs and, in serious cases, be fatal.
During a pet dental exam, our veterinarians look for signs of periodontal disease such as swollen or excessively red gums. We also look for excessive plaque and tartar, broken teeth, loose teeth, and signs of cavities.
It is best to begin caring for your pet's teeth as early as possible. Our veterinarians can show you how to brush your pet's teeth and also advise you on foods and treats which are specially formulated to promote oral health.
Unlike humans, no set dental cleaning schedule exists for pets. Our veterinarians will evaluate your pet's teeth and gums during each wellness exam to determine if a professional cleaning is necessary. Professional cleanings are required when excessive plaque and tartar have built up on your pet's teeth. If left untreated, this could lead to periodontal disease.
Pet dental cleanings are typically performed under anesthesia for the safety and well-being of your pet. This ensures our veterinarians can safely clean teeth and gums and handle any necessary tooth extractions while pets remain calm during the procedure. We only administer anesthesia with the pet owner's approval on pets deemed healthy enough to undergo the procedure.
Some signs you might notice in your pet if he or she has a dental problem include bad breath, loose or broken teeth, discoloration, excessive drooling, abnormal chewing, reduced appetite, and oral bleeding.
Our Chatham Animal Hospital veterinarians are committed to keeping your pets healthy for life. If you notice any signs or symptoms of a potential problem in your pet, we strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment with an expert in pet dentistry in Cary. Contact our office at (919) 469-8114 today!