Pet Dental Care in Byron Center, MI
Pet Dental Care
According to recent research, 70% of adult cats and 80% of adult dogs have oral disease. In fact, most pet parents are unaware that their pet has dental problems. Bad breath, plaque buildup, excessive drooling, sore or bleeding gums when eating or chewing, and a decreased appetite are all signs that your pet’s teeth need to be cleaned.
We offer a comprehensive array of dental procedures, including dental cleanings and polishing, tooth extractions, and other oral procedures to keep your pets in great health. Give us a call to schedule your pet’s next dental exam today.
I was unaware that my pet has dental problems. Is it common?
It is estimated that 85% of all pets have some stage of periodontal disease by the time they are 3 years old. Periodontal disease is a progressive disease of the supporting tissues surrounding teeth and the main cause of early tooth loss.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a term used to describe inflammation or infection of the tissues surrounding the tooth. Accumulation of tartar and calculus on the teeth causes gum recession around the base of the tooth. Infection soon follows and the gums recede further, exposing sensitive unprotected tooth root surfaces and the bony tooth sockets. If it is left untreated the infection spreads deep into the tooth socket, destroying the bone. Ultimately, the tooth loosens and falls out.
How do I know if my pet needs a dental cleaning?
Regular inspection of your pet’s mouth is important to catch dental disease in the early stages. Tartar may appear as a brownish-gold build-up on teeth, close to the gum line. Redness or bleeding along the gum line may indicate gingivitis. Other signs of dental disease include; bad breath, drooling, pawing at the mouth, difficulty chewing, and loose or missing teeth.
What can I do to keep my pet’s teeth clean?
After a dental cleaning has been performed, there are a few things you can do to help lengthen the time between dental cleanings. We recommend using OraVet plaque prevention weekly after a dental cleaning. This product will adhere to your pet’s teeth and create a barrier that prevents plaque from forming. You can also brush your pet’s teeth daily using special toothpaste that is designed for pet use. There are also some special chews and treats that may help reduce or delay tartar build-up. You can also purchase a prescription pet food that has been formulated to assist in plaque removal.
Veterinary Services in Byron Center, MI
Pet Annual Wellness Exams
Pet Spay & Neuter
Pet Diagnostic Imaging
Pet Dietary Consultations
Pet Dental Care
Pet In-House Laboratory
Pet Behavioral Counseling