It is easy to forget that a pet’s world revolves around its mouth.

Poor dental hygiene can leave its mark on your pet. Surprisingly, bad breath (halitosis) is an abnormal condition in cats and dogs, often indicating a serious underlying condition called periodontal disease, which affects the mouth, gums and teeth.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is the most common medical disorder among pets nationwide, affecting more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats by age three. If left untreated it will lead to tooth loss and can also develop into serious health problems. Advanced dental disease significantly impacts your pet’s quality of life, leading to oral pain and infection that makes eating uncomfortable, resulting in chronic discomfort. In some cases, harmful bacteria originating in the mouth can enter the bloodstream, causing serious complications of the heart, kidneys and liver, as well as other systemic disorders.

Preventative Dental Care

Fortunately, due to its generally slow rate of progression, dental disease is exceedingly preventable. Just like in humans, a good oral health routine is key in avoiding most types of periodontal disease. The first (and best) line of defense in preventative dental care is an examination and a complete dental cleanings. In addition to comprehensively evaluating your pet’s oral health, these appointments consist of ultrasonic and hand scaling and curettage to remove plaque and tarter, polishing and rinsing, improving tooth and gum health significantly. It is most important to remove tartar and plaque that is under the gum line on all surfaces of the teeth. General anesthesia is an important part of your pet’s complete dental cleaning. It is impossible to remove tartar from the inside surfaces of teeth and from under your pet’s gum line without general anesthesia. Any dental cleaning performed without general anesthesia is only cosmetic and of no real heath benefit to dogs and cats. At Bethany Family Pet Clinic we focus on safe anesthesia for our patients.

Veterinary dentistry has developed rapidly over the past fifteen years and is now approaching the same sophisticated techniques that are available in human dentistry. Pets who have received modern veterinary dental procedures and regular professional cleanings have an increased life span and improved quality of life.

Bethany Family Pet Clinic offers complete oral health services including:

  • Regular dental cleaning
  • Digital dental x-rays
  • Preventative dental care
  • Periodontal disease treatment
  • Bonded sealants for fractured teeth
  • Extraction if indicated for oral pain relief

To schedule dental services for your pet, please contact Bethany Family Pet Clinic today.