Brushing and other forms of dental care are actually very important for your pet's health. Our veterinary team in Oklahoma City is dedicated to helping pet parents understand the basics of pet dental care because it can make a huge difference in their pet's quality of life. It can even help them live longer.
Why is Dental Disease so Dangerous?
Dental disease is a major concern because if left untreated, it can result in other serious health problems. When tartar forms on your pet’s teeth and gums, it releases bacteria that can get under the gum line and infect the gums and roots of the teeth. As the gum tissue holding your pet’s teeth in place breaks down, the teeth become loose. Additionally, your pet will be at a much higher risk for heart, liver, and kidney disease due to the bacteria running through their bloodstream.
Symptoms of Dental Disease
Signs that your pet may have dental disease include:
- Excessive drooling
- Bad breath
- Swollen gums
- Brown/yellow teeth
- Difficulty eating
- Swelling around the eyes
- Pawing at their mouth
- Less interest in eating or playing
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
Before and After Dental Cleanings
In-Hospital Dental Treatment
If caught early, dental disease can be treated very effectively with a combination of professional dental care at our hospital, and routine care at home. At Hefner Road Animal Hospital, we perform:
- In-depth oral exams to assess the condition of your pet’s mouth
- Dental X-rays, which are highly recommended to check for weakness in the jaw bone and damage within the teeth
- An oral rinse followed by plaque and tartar removal via ultrasonic scaler
- An additional exam following plaque removal to check around the pockets of the teeth
- Teeth polishing to smooth the enamel surface and reduce plaque buildup
- An OraVet sealant on the teeth for additional protection and to make the effects of the dental procedure last longer
- Laser therapy treatment for the gums to reduce pain and swelling
For Additional Care
Managing your pet’s dental health at home can reduce the frequency of professional cleanings they’ll need and will keep their teeth in much better shape. If brushing their teeth is not possible, ask our team about alternative options. We can provide dental-specific prescription food, treats, dental chews, and more. Just call (405) 773-5557 to speak with our team.