Dental Care at Simonton Veterinary Clinic
Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.
Common signs of dental disease include:
- Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
- Swelling or draining wounds on the muzzle
During your pet’s comprehensive exam, the doctor will assess the teeth and gums to determine your pet’s dental needs, whether it be a dental cleaning or if your pet needs oral surgery to correct a dental issue. Dental cleanings are performed under general anesthesia, with the latest surgical monitoring available. Once the cleaning is done, the integrity of each tooth is evaluated. Any abscessed or mobile teeth are then removed. In some cases, a gingival flap is lifted and sutured in place to help the extraction sites heal and prevent complications. Our doctors have voluntarily sought out special training and surgical classes in order to perform more in depth oral surgery. All patients that have oral surgery are rechecked at two weeks to be sure that all surgical sites have healed. Please consult with your doctor if you have any questions.
Professional dental cleaning will remove built-on tartar from teeth that brushing cannot remove.