Veterinary Dental Care in Frederick
Healthy Smiles & Happy Pets
Regular dental care is important to maintaining a happy and healthy pet. West Frederick Veterinary Hospital is equipped to help make sure your pet keeps smiling. As an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) animal hospital, we can handle all of your pet’s dental needs. As part of their regular wellness exams, we conduct an oral exam of your pet and may make recommendations for additional dental or periodontal care.
Dental Disease: A Common Problem
Periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases in cats and dogs. This is an infection of the gums and tissues surrounding your pet’s teeth. When this disease is left untreated, it can progress dramatically and cause a great deal of damage to your pet’s mouth, as well as a great deal of pain. You can avoid this with regular dental care.
Periodontal disease develops in cats and dogs in exactly the same way it does in humans: a buildup of plaque on your pet’s teeth. Plaque is a bacterial film which coats your pet’s teeth. Over time, the bacteria in plaque dies off and hardens on your pet’s teeth, creating more surface area for more plaque to build up on. In the early stages, periodontal disease is easily combatted by brushing your pet’s teeth or giving them hard toys or treats to chew on. However, if the plaque builds up and moves below the gum line, only a professional cleaning will be able to get rid of it. If your pet goes too long without a proper professional cleaning, their gums can become inflamed, infected, and painful. They could even lose some of their teeth.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Smelly breath
- Blood in your pet’s saliva or in their water dish
- Excessive drooling
- Difficulty eating
If you notice any of these symptoms, bring your pet in to West Frederick Veterinary Hospital as soon as possible. We can help get your pet back on the road to a healthy mouth.
Professional Dental Cleaning at West Frederick Veterinary Hospital
Our veterinary team may recommend a professional dental cleaning which may mean putting your pet under general anesthesia in order to clean their teeth properly. We utilize a specifically designed dental surgical suite to ensure that your pet is monitored closely and carefully throughout their dental procedure.
Dental cleanings at West Frederick Veterinary Hospital involve scaling the plaque from your pet’s teeth, polishing your pet’s teeth, and evaluation of teeth and gum health. Once your pet’s teeth are clean again, we’ll help you understand the steps you can take at home to keep your pet’s smile healthy. We also provide digital dental radiographs and perform tooth extractions when medically necessary.
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