Keep Your Pet’s Mouth Happy and Healthy
Wouldn’t it be nice if your pet could brush their teeth themselves? Of course, that’s not possible, which is why it’s so important for you to maintain their dental health for them. We recommend that all pets have a dental exam at least once a year so we can determine if a cleaning is necessary. We also recommend that you brush your pet’s teeth from home. This combination of professional pet dental care and at-home dental care can help lower or even eliminate the risk of gum disease.
Our Pet Dental Services
Prevention is the #1 priority with our comprehensive pet dental services here in West Knoxville, but we can also treat oral problems, if necessary. Our dental services include:
- Ultrasonic scaling and polishing
- Pre-anesthetic blood work (to check for underlying health issues)
- Digital X-rays (to view below the gum line, where most dental problems are found)
- Periodontal care
- Endodontic procedures
Our dental suite is equipped with advanced tools and technology as well as monitoring equipment, which allows us to deliver high-quality dental care. For your pet’s safety, we perform all dental services under anesthesia, and we monitor vital signs before, during, and after each procedure.
After your pet’s dental cleaning, we’ll be happy to provide you with at-home dental care recommendations, including brushing tips and product suggestions. There are various products available that are designed to prevent tartar buildup for pets, such as chews and toys.
Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease in pets is very similar to gum disease in humans, including the way it begins. Plaque becomes tartar (calculus), and tartar can work its way down to the gum line. If left untreated, the bacteria below the gum line can eventually affect the heart, liver, and kidneys, putting a pet’s overall health and life at risk. Knowing what signs to look for can help you be more proactive about your pet’s dental health. The following is a list of some of the most common signs that are associated with gum disease in pets:
- Bad breath
- Red, swollen gums
- Gum sensitivity
- Difficulty eating or loss of appetite
- Yellow/brown plaque accumulation on teeth, near gum line