Pet Dental Care: Healthy Teeth for a Healthier Life

Despite the fact that our pets use their mouths much like we use our own hands, many of us seem to take their oral hygiene largely for granted. While we brush and floss our teeth daily, we may not be thinking that our pets’ teeth should be getting the same treatment. Clean teeth and healthy gums are just as important to your pet’s health as yearly wellness exams and vaccinations. Our veterinary team in Hugo is dedicated to promoting healthy dental habits, and we regularly perform dental cleanings on patients to remove harmful bacteria and prevent tooth decay.

Our Pet Dental Care Services in Hugo

As an AAHA-accredited animal hospital, we provide exceptional pet dental care services and recommendations to help owners maintain their pets’ healthy mouths. We rely on only the best in veterinary dental technology, and utilize the latest techniques to administer thorough treatments. Our services include, but are not limited to:

Dog Dental Care in Hugo
Cat Dental Care in Hugo

  • Oral Exams
  • Dental prophylaxis and polishing
  • Tooth extractions
  • Digital dental X-rays
  • Home dental care instructions
  • Teeth brushing demonstrations
  • Dispensation of oral chews, treats, and other dental products

Why Gum Disease is a Threat

Gum disease plagues a large number of pets, both young and old. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most cats and dogs will have gum disease by age 3. Gum disease is an inflammatory condition of the mouth caused by the spread of plaque below the gum line. This can lead to bone and tooth loss, and, in more serious cases, affect the heart, lungs, and kidneys. Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Loose or broken teeth
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Excessive salivation
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Decreased appetite
  • Swelling of the face
  • Difficulty chewing food

Schedule an Oral Exam for Your Pet

Without regular oral exams and daily tooth brushings, plaque will build up quickly on your pet’s teeth and harden into tartar. Pets that eat canned food are especially susceptible to rapid plaque buildup. We recommend starting your pet on teeth brushing as early in their life as possible, so they grow accustomed to the procedure. Daily brushings are ideal, and will slow the buildup of plaque and tartar. If your pet is showing any signs similar to those listed above, don’t hesitate! Call us right away at (651) 400-1180 to schedule an oral exam and/or dental cleaning.