Commonly Asked Questions About Canine Dental Health

dog dental cleaning dallas Just like humans, dogs are susceptible to dental problems like gum disease, tooth decay, tooth loss and oral cancer. To maintain your dog’s dental health, you need have his teeth checked by a licensed veterinarian who offers small animal dental services. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about canine dental health.

Can Dogs Get Cavities?
Cavities are mostly a human problem. It’s extremely rare for a dog or cat to get a dental cavity, though if your dog does, your veterinarian will treat it in the same way that cavities in humans are treated. Dogs are at risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss however, particularly as they age. To prevent dental problems in your dog, you should brush his teeth regularly at home. Your veterinarian can show you the proper technique and tools to use to do this. Your dog should also visit his or her veterinarian regularly for general physicals, oral exams and periodic professional teeth cleanings.

What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease in Dogs?
The biggest problem we see among dogs is gum disease; gingivitis and periodontitis. If your dog’s teeth are discolored, particularly a greenish or brownish color, he may be suffering from the plaque or tartar build up that can lead to gum disease. The sooner the dog visits a veterinarian for treatment, the more likely the treatment is to prevent the progression of gum disease. Other common symptoms of gum disease in dogs are inflamed, red, swollen, or bleeding gums, and persistent and particularly foul breath.

Are Dogs at Risk for Oral Cancer?
Dogs can develop oral cancer. Unfortunately there is really nothing a pet owner can do to prevent oral cancer in a dog. The best bet is early detection, which is why you should have your dog examined – from nose to tail – by a veterinarian on a regular basis. If oral cancer is caught early enough, we veterinarians have a better chance of providing successful treatment.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our licensed veterinarians offer dental exams and dog dental cleanings at both our Dallas and McKinney offices. We also offer comprehensive veterinary services, including routine checkups, emergency vet services, and diagnostic and surgical services. To schedule an appointment with one of our talented veterinarians, call us today at (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5022 (McKinney / Frisco).

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