What’s Included in a Typical Pet Dental Exam?

Just as people need regular professional dental care, pets also require dental care from their veterinarian each year. Along with these exams, you should practice daily dental care for your pet at home to ensure you keep your furry friend healthy, happy, and comfortable throughout life. Keeping up with your pet’s dental care can prevent major health complications such as periodontal disease, heart problems, infections, and other illnesses. For pet owners dedicated to their pet’s wellness, great dental hygiene at home and at your vet’s office is key to quality veterinary care.

 

Pet Dental Care

Examination

A study by the American Veterinary Dental College showed than eight in 10 pets had some form of periodontal disease by age three. Veterinarians everywhere see pets that are suffering from these problems each day, making regular examinations very important. Examinations are performed under general anesthesia and also include inspections of the mouth, heart, and lungs.

X-Rays

Just as people need x-rays to see cavities and other oral health problems within the teeth and below the gum line, pets benefits greatly from x-ray exams. Your veterinarian will recommend x-rays every year to two years to observe problems in and around the teeth. Since 80% of your pet’s dental anatomy is actually beneath the gums, keeping up with regular x-rays is a vital part of oral health care.

Cleaning

Even with daily oral care at home,  your pet’s teeth need professional cleaning  one or more times per year to eliminate the buildup of plaque and bacteria. Your veterinarian will thoroughly clean and polish your pet’s teeth to promote great oral health and remove all harmful tartar from the teeth above and below the gum line. During this time, your vet may also provide you with products and recommendations for responsible at-home dental care.

If you’re concerned your pet hasn’t had proper dental care, schedule a pet dental exam with your Dallas vet right away. At  Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we value your pet’s health and provide a wide range of dental services to keep your furry friend healthy and happy. Learn more about our veterinary practice or schedule an appointment today by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033.

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