Why Routine Pet Dental Care is Essential
Since it is essential to prevent as well as treat dental issues, our experienced doctors and staff in Cedar Lake provide full-service pet dental care. Therefore, we can help you formulate a dental care plan that involves routine check-ups with your pet's veterinarian and daily at-home maintenance. With the proper regimen, not only will your pet have healthy teeth and gums; they’ll have a healthier, happier life, too.
Did You Know?
Dental check-ups are important for pets as well as people. While your pet's bad breath may seem natural, it could be a sign of infection. In fact, gum disease is one of the most common health problems affecting pets. Consequently, many cats and dogs will exhibit signs by 2-3 years of age!
Your Pet's Oral Hygiene Starts With...
Our professional pet dental care services are designed to address various issues including tooth decay, gingivitis and gum disease. In addition, they help prevent future plaque and tartar buildup.
- Dental exams - the most thorough dental exam must be conducted while your pet is under anesthesia. Many tooth problems are hidden below the gum line, and cannot be properly addressed in an awake pet.
- Dental cleanings - involve removing plaque and hardened tartar (calculus) from each tooth, above and below the gum line.
- Tooth extractions - teeth that are loose, broken and/or decayed will need to be extracted to make sure that your pet stays healthy.
- Toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental treats - we carry various oral care products in our hospital that you can use to maintain your pet's oral hygiene at home. If you need a demonstration for brushing your pet's teeth, we would be happy to show you.
What is Gum Disease, and What Are the Signs?
Gum disease is caused by the secretion of bacteria from plaque and tartar that have spread below the gum line. This bacteria attacks the tooth root and surrounding gum tissue. Furthermore, if left untreated, gum disease may result in tooth loss, behavioral changes, decreased appetite and heart, liver and/or kidney problems.
An early sign of gum disease is redness around the edges of the gums. Other indications may include:
- Bad breath
- Yellow or brown teeth
- Loose/broken teeth
- Swollen, bright red gums
- Excessive drooling
- Difficulty eating
- Facial swelling
- Diminished interest in chewing toys
If you see any of these signs in your pet, or would like to schedule a consultation with one of our veterinarians, call us today at (219) 374-9443.
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