Pet Dental Care FAQs

Your pet needs strong and healthy teeth for nourishment, protection, and play. When oral care is neglected, this can lead to gum disease and tooth loss. At Callahan Drive Animal Hospital in Knoxville, TN, we offer a variety of dental care services to keep your pet happy and healthy. Before visiting us, read about some frequently asked questions that provide insight on the importance of pet dental care! 

pet dental care faqs

What dental problems can my pet develop?

Pets can develop various dental problems, such as bleeding gums, tooth infections, loose teeth, abscesses, and periodontal disease. To prevent any of these issues, it is important schedule an annual dental exam for your pet. Annual checkups and cleanings also help keep your cat or dog’s teeth and gums in good condition.

What causes dental disease in pets?

Dental disease is caused by plaque and bacteria buildup on your pet’s teeth. Plaque that is not removed will harden into calculus, also known as tarter, and accumulate under the gumline, causing your pet's gums to become swollen and infected. Tartar can also destroy the bone structure of the teeth, which can cause the teeth to become loose and fall out.

What are some signs that my pet needs dental care?

Your cat or dog may exhibit certain signs that indicate that he or she needs dental care. Some of these signs include:

  • Foul breath
  • Discolored, broken, or loose teeth
  • Excessive drooling
  • Difficulty chewing hard foods
  • Bleeding gums
  • Poor appetite due to pain when chewing 

What does a pet dental exam and cleaning entail?  

Dental exams consist of a thorough evaluation of your pet’s teeth and gums. Our vet will check underneath the gumline to determine any signs of dental disease. We will take x-rays as well to check for any hidden dental problems and use special instruments to remove plaque and tarter buildup. Afterward, our vet will polish your pet’s teeth, which will make them shiny and smooth. Each of these services are performed under anesthesia so your furry friend doesn't experience any discomfort or pain. 

What are some benefits of pet dental care?

Routine dental care can prevent dental problems from occurring. With routine exams and cleanings, your pet can enjoy good oral health. Professional cleaning can also help improve your cat or dog’s breath. To keep your pet’s teeth in good condition, our veterinarian may recommend combining professional dental care with regular brushing at home. Along with that, providing your pet with chew toys, additives, and treats can minimize plaque and support oral health.

Contact us for an Appointment Today

At Callahan Drive Animal Hospital in Knoxville, TN, we provide annual dental exams and cleanings to keep your pet healthy. If you need to schedule a routine exam or another service, contact us at (865) 938-0243 today. Our team looks forward to improving your pet’s quality of life!


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