What to Expect from a Pet’s Dental Checkup

Although pet dental services are easy to overlook, they are actually an essential part of your pet’s overall wellness care. When it comes to dogs, for instance, some experts estimate that 85% of pooches have periodontal disease by the time they are three years old. Just as in humans, dental disease can lead to a laundry list of health problems for pets that can easily be prevented with regular dental care. Talk to your veterinarian about the right dental care schedule for your pet. Here is what you can expect during a checkup.

Visual Exam

Your veterinarian will start out by performing a visual exam of your pet’s teeth and gums. He or she will be looking for signs of infection and decay, as well as other abnormalities that could indicate an oral health problem. During this exam, your veterinarian can determine if your animal needs further pet dental services, such as a cleaning. Even if you give your pet dental treats at home and only feed him or her hard food, all animals will require dental cleanings periodically to remove plaque and tartar buildup.

Dental Cleaning

To remove plaque and tartar, your veterinarian will need to anaesthetize your pet. Even the best behaved pets simply will not sit still for a thorough teeth cleaning the way people do. The anesthesia is for your pet’s comfort and so that your vet can thoroughly remove plaque and tartar that is below the gum line – which is where the major problems lie for dogs and cats. So-called ‘no-anesthesia’ teeth cleanings offered by some simply cannot adequately address plaque and tartar below the gum line. Failing to adequately clean all of the surfaces of all of teeth, both above and below the gums, leaves your pet susceptible to pain and tooth loss caused by gum disease as well as heart disease and other infections caused by inflammation in the mouth.

Dental Maintenance Advice

Your vet will offer advice and suggestions for keeping your pet’s teeth and gums as healthy as possible. He or she may recommend that you begin to brush your pet’s teeth at home and, if so, can demonstrate ways to get your pet used to the process.

At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we provide pet dental services in the greater Dallas area as part of our wellness care services to help your pet stay as healthy as possible and avoid diseases caused by oral infections. To schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney or call (972) 230-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas.

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