Albany, GA Pet Dental Care

albany, ga pet dental servicesProper dental care is important in keeping your pet healthy and happy. When your pet's teeth aren't clean, bad breath is not the only problem that your cat or dog faces. Periodontal disease, caused by a build-up of bacteria and plaque on your pet's teeth and gums, causes bleeding and severe inflammation of the gums, gum recession, alveolar bone loss (the bone that supports the tooth is "eaten away") and tooth mobility. As periodontal disease progresses, the bacteria can spread from the mouth, travel through the blood and cause damage to the heart, liver and kidneys. Periodontal disease is more common than most pet owners realize. In fact, more than 80 percent of dogs and cats have this problem by the time they're four years old. To help prevent periodontal disease in your pet, it's recommended to have your pets' teeth examined every 6 to 12 months.

What Signs Am I Likely to See?

You may see some of the following signs if your pet has periodontal disease: discomfort while chewing, difficulty swallowing, drooling, and an unpleasant odor on your pet's breath. In some cases, pets may have significant periodontal disease but show few symptoms. Regular dental exams and home dental care are excellent ways to prevent preiodontal disease.

Now What?

If tartar has formed on your pet's teeth, brushing alone cannot remove it. Your pet must undergo a professional dental cleaning. A routine dental cleaning for your pet is vastly different than the equivalent process you undergo each year. Veterinary dentistry is considerably involved, time-consuming and complex. It requires a general anesthetic and, consequently, a day's hospitalization. The following can help you to better understand what may be involved in your pet's teeth cleaning.

What's Involved with Teeth Cleaning?

Your pet's dental cleaning begins with a physical examination, in order to evaluate your pet's general health. Next, your pet is given an anesthetic for a safe and painless sleep during the dental cleaning. Tartar is removed from your pet's teeth with a hand scaler. Next, a periodontal probe checks for pockets under the gumline where periodontal disease and bad breath start. An ultrasonic scaler is used to clean above the gumline, while a curette cleans and smoothes the teeth under the gumline in the crevice. Next, your pet's teeth are polished, creating a smooth surface. Finally, the gums are washed with an anti-bacterial solution to help delay tartar build-up, both under the gumline and on the crown of the tooth.

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Home Prevention

Proper dental care doesn't end when your pet leaves our veterinary hospital. Brushing your pet's teeth is an excellent way to ensure between hospital visits your pet's teeth, gums and mouth are healthy. The staff at Bush Animal Clinic can show you the proper method of brushing your pet's teeth. Annual veterinary dental care and home dental care will help keep your pet's breath fresh and gums and teeth healthy.




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Bush Animal Clinic • 2419 Dawson Road • Albany • Georgia • 31707 • (229) 439-7073