||Your pet's dental health is an important part of his overall health. Proper dental care can detect dental disease that not only affects the mouth, but can also lead to more serious health problems such as heart, lung, and kidney disease. Good dental hygiene is just as important for American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) studies reveal that nearly two-thirds of pet owners do not provide the dental care recommended by veterinarians.
The AAHA recommends regular oral examinations and dental cleanings, under general anesthesia, for all dogs and cats. This is recommended because bacteria and food debris accumulates around a pet's teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss. These cleanings should take place annually starting one year for cats and small-breed dogs, and at two years of age for larger-breed dogs. pets as it is for humans. Yet it is one of the most overlooked areas in pet health.
We evaluate puppies and kittens for problems related to deciduous (baby) teeth, missing teeth, extra teeth, swelling, and oral development. As pets age, we will examine your pet for developmental anomalies, accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors. A basic oral examination can be done while your pet is awake. However, a short-lasting anesthetic is required for a complete examination.
Some common signs of oral disease include:
- Tartar Buildup
- Red and Swollen Gums
- Bad Breath
- Changes in Eating or Chewing Habits
- Pawing at the Face
- Generalized Depression
We can recommend and demonstrate preventive measures you can begin at home to help avoid costly dental procedures with your pet in the future.
Call us to schedule an evaluation at 470-297-5800 or click on our "Request an Appointment Tab" on the left to make an appointment.