Did you know that a staggering 80% of dogs and 70% of cats suffer from dental disease by the age of 3? Neglected oral health not only causes discomfort but can also lead to serious illnesses like heart, liver, and kidney damage. Protect your beloved pet from pain and costly treatments by scheduling an appointment with our experienced team at Hawthorne Animal Clinic. We specialize in comprehensive dental care tailored to their specific needs.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Take action immediately if you notice any of these signs in your pet:
- Yellow or brown tartar buildup on their teeth
- Swollen, red, or bleeding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
- Loose teeth
- Uncharacteristic depression
Comprehensive Oral Exams
Ensuring your pet receives proper dental care is key to their overall well-being. Our highly skilled team conducts thorough oral exams, meticulously examining their mouth, teeth, and jaw. To assess the health of tooth roots, we may recommend dental x-rays. Regular exams play a crucial role in preventing irreversible dental disease, tooth loss, and costly oral surgeries.
Professional Teeth Cleanings
At our veterinary clinic, we prioritize your pet’s comfort during teeth cleanings. After a comprehensive physical examination, we administer a safe and painless anesthetic. Using a hand scaler and ultrasonic scaler, we expertly remove tartar below and above the gums. We then clean and smoothen the teeth under the gum line with a curette. Polishing the teeth and applying an anti-bacterial solution delay tartar buildup and promote oral health.
Extractions and Advanced Procedures
Tooth extractions are recommended only when necessary, and our veterinary experts specialize in safe and effective procedures. If your pet is suffering from an infected or broken tooth, we will provide detailed information on the extraction process and guide you through the recovery period.
Taking a Proactive Approach to Prevent Dental Disease
Regular wellness visits are vital in catching dental issues early. We conduct meticulous mouth and teeth examinations to detect and intervene at the earliest stage possible. Early-stage dental disease stands out as one of the rare conditions that can often be reversed through a comprehensive cleaning. That’s why we encourage a proactive approach to dental health, aiming to prevent issues rather than reacting to them. You can also play a role in preventing dental disease by incorporating at-home dental care practices such as regular brushing and the use of teeth cleaning treats. Remember to avoid giving your pet hard toys and bones that can cause dental damage.
Ensure a happy and healthy future for your pet by prioritizing their dental care. Schedule an appointment with our experienced team at Hawthorne Animal Clinic. With our comprehensive dental care tailored specifically to your beloved companion’s needs, you can rest assured that their dental health remains in expert hands.