Staying on top of your pet’s oral health is just as important as caring for his overall health. If you live in Knoxville, TN, bring your pet to Callahan Drive Animal Hospital for oral care. We offer annual dental exams and cleanings for dogs and cats to keep their teeth in great shape. These FAQs from our Knoxville, TN veterinarian explain more about the importance of pet dental care.
Are pet dental problems common?
Periodontal disease is a common ailment in dogs and cats. Pets are also prone to tooth infections, abscesses, bleeding gums, tooth discoloration, and other dental issues. By scheduling an annual pet exam and teeth cleaning at our clinic, you reduce the risk of your cat or dog suffering from dental ailments.
What are some signs that my pet has dental problems?
Gum disease can develop over a period of time without many noticeable symptoms. In its advanced stage, however, your pet may develop swollen and/or bleeding gums. He may also have loose teeth or already suffered tooth loss. Common symptoms of dental issues with your pet include:
- Foul breath
- Loss of appetite or difficulty chewing due to painful or loose teeth
- Excessive drooling
- Chipped, loose, or cracked teeth
- Bumps in your pet’s mouth
- Bleeding gums
- Discolored teeth
How often should my pet have his teeth cleaned?
Annual dental exams and cleanings will suffice for most pets, if their teeth and gums are in good health. Senior pets may need biannual visits and cleanings.
What dental problems can pets develop?
Like people, pets are prone to:
- Plaque and tartar buildup
- Periodontal disease
- Tooth infections and decay
- Tooth or jawbone fracture
What can I expect from a pet dental exam and cleaning?
During a pet exam, our veterinarian will thoroughly inspect your pet’s teeth and gums for signs of decay, infection, or disease. If necessary, we’ll take x-rays to detect bone loss under the gum line where bacteria can breed. During a cleaning, we’ll scale your pet’s teeth to remove plaque and tartar and then polish them to leave them smooth and shiny.
Is it necessary to use anesthesia for pet dental care?
Anesthesia puts your pet to sleep to enable our vet to thoroughly inspect and clean his teeth without him feeling pain or discomfort or squirming around during the procedure. Sedating animals for dental exams and teeth cleaning is safe, practical, and humane.
Trust Our Knoxville, TN Veterinarian for Your Pet’s Dental Care
Professional cleanings combined with diligent home dental care can improve your pet’s oral health. To schedule a dental exam and cleaning for your cat or dog, contact Callahan Drive Animal Hospital in Knoxville, TN at (865) 938-0243.