Why Your Pet Needs Regular Dental Care
Bad breath, tooth loss, inflamed gums. The symptoms associated with gum disease and other oral problems go on and on, but the good news is that with regular dental care, many of these issues can be prevented. Just as the eyes are the windows to the soul, the mouth is the window to the body. A health pet usually has a healthy mouth, and the team at Minnesota’s St. Paul Pet Hospital would like that to always be the case for your pet. Whether your pet needs preventive dental care, dental treatment, or tips for at-home dental care, we can help. We offer several comprehensive dental services for both dogs and cats.
Establishing an Oral Hygiene Regimen for Your Pet
It’s best to start brushing your pet’s teeth during puppyhood/kittenhood, but it’s never too late to start. With at-home dental care, you can actually prevent dental problems from ever occurring and avoid dental procedures later down the road. Our team can give you tips on selecting the best toothbrushes and toothpastes as well as the most effective brushing methods. We can also discuss certain foods and chew toys that are designed to prevent dental problems.
About St. Paul Pet Hospital’s Pet Dental Services in St. Paul, MN
While maintaining your pet’s teeth from home is a great way to establish a foundation for optimum oral health, it’s still important to bring your pet in regularly for a dental exam. During your pet’s dental visit, we examine the teeth and gums for fractures, chips, tartar, and other conditions to determine what specific treatments are needed. We then administer general anesthesia prior to beginning the cleaning process, for your pet’s safety. The cleaning process involves removing tartar from the teeth with dental instruments and an ultrasonic cleaning device. Treatment can range from a basic cleaning to more extensive treatment. If necessary, we can also extract or fill teeth.
Is YOUR Pet Due for a Dental Exam?
Some of the most common symptoms that could indicate gum disease or some other infection include bad breath, loose teeth, swollen gums, difficulty eating, and excessive salivation. If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to schedule a dental exam and treatment. We want your pet to live a long, healthy life, just as much as you do, so don’t wait until your pet’s condition worsens. Schedule a check-up today, and we’ll be glad to let you know your pet’s dental grade and what treatments we recommend.