Coming Clean About Pet Dental Care
Periodontal disease is one of the leading diseases in cats and dogs over 3 years old. This condition can wreak havoc on your pet’s mouth, but it can also affect the major organs if it's left untreated. At Myers Animal Clinic in Springfield, we want to help you take a more proactive role in protecting your pet’s oral health. Pet dental care is an essential service that every companion animal should receive during their lifetime on a regular basis.
Without dental care, plaque and tartar will continue to build up on your pet’s teeth, causing gingivitis (swollen gums) and halitosis (bad breath). As the tartar spreads under the gum line, it releases bacteria that infect the surrounding gum tissue and attack the tooth roots. This can result in:
- Gum recession
- Loose/broken/decayed teeth
- Tooth and/or bone loss
- Infected heart, liver, or kidneys (if bacteria enters the bloodstream)
Decreased appetite, excessive drooling, and difficulty eating are just a few signs that your pet has a dental problem. If you observe any of these issues, please let us know.
As unpleasant as periodontal disease sounds, it is preventable with consistent care and routine checkups. Full-mouth dental exams and teeth cleanings are also important and must be performed while your pet is under anesthesia. This ensures that your pet is comfortable and feeling no pain during their procedure. Our other professional services include:
- Ultrasonic scaling to remove plaque and tartar buildup above and below the gum line
- Polishing to smooth the enamel surface
- Detailed dental charting
- Surgical extractions for teeth that are badly damaged and/or infected
- Dispensing quality pet dental care products to encourage regular at-home treatment
Investing in your pet’s dental health as you do your own will make all the difference, and it isn’t too late to get started! While advanced periodontal disease can result in irreversible damage, your pet can still experience much-improved health and comfort. They deserve to be able to eat, play, groom, and chew without risking pain and injury. Please contact us to discuss a dental plan for your pet and learn more about what we can offer!