Your dog or cat’s oral health is extremely important for maintaining positive overall health throughout their lives. When your pet’s teeth aren’t attended to, they run the risk of experiencing a number of oral health-related diseases, including halitosis, periodontal disease, and more. If diseases such as periodontal disease are not attended to, they can lead to tooth decay, gum recession, bone deterioration, and the spreading of harmful bacteria to vital organs in the body. For these reasons and more, we at Bush Animal Clinic urge our clients to bring their pets in for annual oral exams.
During your pet’s oral exam, your veterinarian will examine your dog or cat’s teeth, gums, and overall oral cavity. If tartar has formed on your pet’s teeth, your veterinarian will perform a cleaning to remove the buildup of bacteria. Teeth cleanings require a general anesthetic. During which, your veterinarian will remove tartar, check for pockets under the gumline where periodontal disease start, scales, cleans and smooths gum line, and will perform a dental polish.
In addition to teeth cleanings, your veterinarian will provide you with ample educational resources to help keep your pet’s teeth clean and free of tartar at home.