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About Veterinary Dentistry
Good dental health is essential for your pet's overall health and well-being. That's why Dr. Finn and his team at Pet Method place such a high value on preventive pet dental care. Regular dental exams and cleanings are key to the prevention and early detection of tooth decay and gum disease, ensuring your furry friend's mouth stays healthy and free of pain.
How Often Should Your Pet Get a Dental Exam?
Oral exams typically occur during your feline or canine companion's annual wellness visits to help diagnose and treat any dental problems as they develop. If, however, you notice signs of dental problems between visits, contact Pet Method to schedule a consultation. The longer you wait, the more a problem can progress, causing oral pain, discomfort, and reduced quality of life.
Signs of dental problems often include bad breath, tooth discoloration, loose or broken teeth, severe tooth discoloration, bleeding from the mouth, or pain or swelling around the mouth. Your pet may drool or drop food from the mouth, be irritable, or refuse to eat altogether.
If you notice any changes in your furry friend's behavior or have any concerns, don't wait. Contact Pet Method for an appointment right away. The sooner we uncover the underlying causes of your pet's distress, the sooner we can get their health back on track!
Oral Disease and Your Pet's Health
Oral disease is common in dogs and cats and can have serious consequences if left untreated. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, about 70% of cats and 80% of dogs develop some form of dental disease by age 3. Periodontal disease, which affects the gums and tissues supporting your pet's teeth, is the most common oral disease in pets. If not treated and managed promptly, it can lead to pain, loose teeth, and even tooth loss.
In addition to causing pain and discomfort, periodontal disease can lead to serious health concerns like heart, liver, or kidney disease. Prevention and early detection of dental problems are the best ways to keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy, enhancing their health and quality of life.
What Happens During Your Pet's Dental Visit?
Dr. Finn will examine your pet's mouth and screen for tooth decay, gum disease, loose or broken teeth, infections, tumors, abscesses, or dental pain. He may also take full mouth dental x-rays to uncover potential problems above and below the gum line. The goal is the diagnosis and treatment of any dental issues as they develop.
Dr. Finn may also recommend a dental cleaning, which is typically performed under general anesthesia. That involves removing plaque and tartar buildup from your pet's teeth and gum line, then using a polishing paste to smooth out the tooth enamel. We will conclude by applying fluoride varnish followed by dental sealants to lower the risk of tooth decay.
Preventive Dental Care at Home
Brushing your pet's teeth helps prevent plaque and tartar buildup, which are the leading causes of tooth decay. The earlier you start brushing, the easier it will be. Remember to reward your pet with a treat when done.
If your pet resists brushing, there are other options available to you. Consider using liquid or foam mouth-cleaning alternatives or chewy toys and treats designed to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Caring for your pet's teeth will lower the risk of a host of dental problems, leading to a healthier, happier life.
Veterinary Dentistry Near Me in McKinney, TX
Our team at Pet Method Animal Hospital is committed to maintaining healthy teeth and gums to boost your pet's health and quality of life. Dr. Hunter Finn is always happy to offer tips to keep your pet's dental health in tip-top shape for a lifetime of happy meows and barks. We invite you to call 318-232-4393 to schedule an appointment or request one online today!
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