Good oral health is important for your pet. If you’ve been neglecting your pet’s dental care, there’s no time like the present to make amends. At Fort Mill Animal Hospital, Fort Mill, SC, we offer comprehensive pet dental services in the form of dental exams, dog teeth cleaning, and treatment of tooth pain, tooth infection, and dental disease. Through quality dental care, your pet can enjoy good oral health well into its senior years.
Common Dental Problems in Pets
Poor dental care can result in pets developing many of the same dental problems as people, such as loose or broken teeth, tooth pain, tooth infection, periodontal disease, and tooth loss.
Periodontal disease is quite common in dogs and cats, with many pets showing signs of diseased gums by the time they’re 3 years of age. Left untreated, periodontal disease can destroy the bone structure of your pet’s teeth, causing tooth loss. Periodontal infections can spread to your pet’s bloodstream as well, putting your pet at risk of heart, liver, and kidney damage. Routine dental care from your Fort Mill, SC veterinarian can prevent many of these issues and help keep your pet’s teeth and gums in good health.
Signs Your Pet Needs Oral Care
Your pet may need dental treatment if it is showing any of the following symptoms:
- Bad breath
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Discolored teeth
- Abnormal chewing
- Excessive drooling
- Loss of appetite
- Irritability for no apparent reason
Pets can become irritable or show irrational changes in their behavior due to painful dental issues. If you suspect your pet’s in pain or needs dental treatment, contact our Ft. Mill vet.
What to Expect from Dental Exams and Cleaning
During a dental exam, our team will thoroughly inspect your pet’s teeth, gums and mouth for signs of irregularities. We’ll take x-rays to evaluate bone health beneath the gum line where periodontal disease can breed. If we uncover dental problems like tooth infection or gum disease, we’ll recommend appropriate treatment.
Dog teeth cleaning entails scaling your pet’s teeth to remove plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria that can destroy its teeth. We’ll then polish your pet’s teeth to leave them smooth and shiny. Regular cleanings can help eliminate bad breath, tooth discoloration, swollen gums and other dental issues.
Our dental services are done under anesthesia so your pet feels no discomfort or pain during treatment. Sedating your pet enables us to do a thorough exam and cleaning without your pet thrashing about or trying to bite a member of our team.
See Our Fort Mill, SC, Veterinarian for Pet Dental Care
To schedule dental services for your kit or pup, contact Fort Mill Animal Hospital, Fort Mill, SC, at 803- 547-2014.