A Look at Dental Disease in Pets
If you regularly brush your dog or cat’s teeth, then you are well on your way to helping prevent dental disease from affecting your pet. Our vet at Oak Valley Animal Hospital in Beaumont, California, is here to help as well, providing all the additional care your animal needs to enjoy great dental health. If any problems arise, we can provide the treatment needed to resolve it and prevent complications.
Dental Conditions Affecting Pets
Unlike the humans in their lives, pets are not prone to developing cavities. However, their teeth are still at risk of cracks and breakage, especially as they reach an advanced age. Additionally, dental disease is quite common in pets, and the risk is higher for those who do not have their teeth brushed on a regular basis.
Other types of dental problems in pets include:
- Abscesses around the root of the tooth
- Cysts along the gum line
- Tooth or bite misalignment
If these conditions are not treated promptly, they could worsen and cause additional health complications.
Common Signs of Dental Disease
To keep dental disease from impacting the health of your pet, you can watch for common signs of a problem, such as:
- Foul breath
- Loose teeth
- Cracks or pieces missing from the teeth
- Tooth discoloration, especially along the gum line
- Difficulty chewing
If pets are experiencing severe dental disease, they may even refuse to eat due to pain while chewing.
Treatment Options From Our Vet
Our vet is always available to provide preventative dental care to your pet and treat any problems that arise. You can have us evaluate your pet’s teeth during regular checkups or come in at the first sign of a problem.
At your visit, our veterinarian will work with you to find the appropriate level of care for your dog or cat. After resolving the issue, you can continue on a regular preventative care schedule that helps keep dental disease at bay. With that move, you can reduce the need for dental treatments and keep your pet happy, healthy, and comfortable throughout the years.
Call to Schedule a Visit with Our Vet in Beaumont, California
Your pet needs regular dental exams and cleanings to keep its teeth in great condition. You can schedule that service by giving our Beaumont vet team a call at 951-381-1230. At Oak Valley Animal Hospital, we always look forward to helping keep your pet's teeth and gums in excellent shape.