What is Veterinary dentistry?
Veterinary dentistry includes the assessment, cleaning and extractions of your pet’s teeth and all other aspects of oral health care. The process begins with an oral exam of your pet’s mouth. Radiographs (X-rays) maybe needed to evaluate the health of the jaw and the roots below the the gum line. Because most dental disease occurs below the gum line, where you can’t see it, a thorough cleaning and evaluation are performed under anesthesia. Dental cleaning includes scaling (or removal of dental plaque and tartar) and polishing, similar to the process used on your own teeth during your regular dental cleanings.
To keep your pet’s teeth and gums health you should have them checked once a year. Earlier if you observe any of the following problems:
- Bad breath
- Broken or loose tooth
- Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
- Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from their mouth
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Pain in mouth or around mouth
- Bleeding from gums
- Swelling in the areas around mouth