Veterinary Dental Care in Magnolia
Healthy Pets Have Sparkling Smiles
Full body healthcare for your pet means taking care of their smiles too. Regular dental care is as important to your pet’s overall wellbeing as their regular wellness exams. Our Magnolia veterinary team is equipped to keep your pet’s smile happy and healthy. Shady Brook Animal Hospital offers a broad range of dental services to meet all of your pet’s dental health needs. When you bring your pet in for a regular wellness exam, we’ll take the time to examine your pet’s mouth as well.
Common Dental Problems
Periodontal disease, also known as dental disease, is the most common disease afflicting cats and dogs. Periodontal disease affects the gums and tissue surrounding your pet’s teeth. If left untreated, the disease can progress to cause loose teeth, or even cause damage to your pet’s jaw bones.
To treat periodontal disease, it’s important to understand how periodontal disease develops. Like humans, periodontal disease starts with plaque, a bacterial film that builds up on the teeth. With regular brushing, plaque doesn’t have a chance to build up on your pet’s teeth. However, if you don’t brush your pet’s teeth regularly, or give them certain toys or hard foods to chew on, the bacteria dies and forms a film on your pet’s teeth. The more plaque builds up, the more space there is for more plaque to build up. If left alone for too long, the plaque buildup can move below the gumline and infect the tissues under and around your pet’s teeth. This can lead to pain, infections, and loose teeth.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Smelly breath
- Blood in your pet’s saliva or water dish
- Loose teeth
- Trouble eating
Brushing your pet’s teeth can help prevent periodontal disease. Additionally, regular visits to Shady Brook Animal Hospital can help improve your pet’s dental health as we keep an eye on the health of your pet’s mouth.
Dental Cleaning at Shady Brook Animal Hospital
If your pet is suffering from advanced stages of periodontal disease, a professional dental cleaning may be recommended by our Magnolia veterinary team. Dental cleaning for pets involves putting your pet under general anesthesia. Because we’re an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited hospital, our fully equipped surgical suite means that your pet will be well taken care of throughout their dental procedure.
Dental cleaning under general anesthesia includes:
- Scaling your pet’s teeth, using similar tools that human dentists use to remove plaque
- Polishing your pet’s teeth after the plaque has been removed
- Applying an anti-plaque treatment like fluoride to help prevent future buildup
After your pet’s teeth are all shiny and polished up, it’s all about maintaining that beautiful smile. We’ll help you learn how to keep your pet’s teeth sparkling year-round.
If you have questions about your pet’s dental health, please call our Magnolia veterinary team at (281) 356-6611 so we can help.
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