Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health, and dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems. Your pet’s teeth and gums will be checked at every yearly exam by a veterinarian at The Animal Clinic of Athens. Owners can also observe for symptoms of periodontal disease at home (bad breath, fractured/loose teeth, retained baby teeth, discolored teeth, drooling, dropping food, no appetite, bleeding or swelling from mouth). Early detection and treatment are critical, because advanced periodontal disease can cause severe problems and pain for your pet. Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your pet’s mouth. Other health problems found in association with periodontal disease include kidney, liver, and heart muscle changes.
If the veterinarian sees any issue of the annual exam a dental will be recommended. This procedure is
all done under general anesthesia, as always your pet will be thoroughly evaluated prior to any sedation.
Anesthesia makes it possible to perform the dental procedures with less stress and pain for your pet. In
addition, anesthesia allows for a better cleaning because your pet is not moving around and risking
injury from the dental equipment. Dental cleaning includes scaling (to remove dental plaque and tartar)
and polishing, similar to the process used on your own teeth during your regular dental cleanings.
Although anesthesia will always have risks, it’s safer now than ever and continues to improve so that
the risks are very low and are far outweighed by the benefits. Most pets can go home the same day of
the procedure, although they might seem a little groggy for the rest of the day.
Prevention of the most common oral disease in pets consists of frequent removal of the dental
plaque and tartar that forms on teeth that are not kept clean. Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is
the single most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy between dental cleanings, and
may reduce the frequency or even eliminate the need for periodic dental cleaning by your veterinarian.
If you would like more information or need a consultation and estimate please contact
The Animal Clinic of Athens at: 423-745-7436.