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Pet Dentistry And Oral Health From Your Charlotte Veterinarian

Keeping your pets healthy and active requires dental care and proper oral hygiene. As a pet owner, you want to take steps to keep your pet's healthy by ensuring they have clean teeth and healthy gums. By considering pet dentistry at Hickory Grove Animal Hospital, you address potential problems and encourage better health in your pets.

Why is Pet Dental Health Important?

Pet dental health is an important part of your pet's well-being because it catches problems at an early stage. Periodontal disease impacts many dogs and cats throughout their lifetime. The bacteria and the gum disease may cause health complications, particularly when your pet gets older and has a lowered immune system. By addressing issues at an early stage, you prevent complications with your pet's health.

Problems a Veterinarian in Charlotte, NC Looks for During Dental Exams

A veterinarian in Charlotte, NC looks for a variety of concerns during a dental exam. The primary concerns we consider at Hickory Grove Animal Hospital during an exam include:

  • Broken and loose teeth
  • Bad breath, which may suggest bacterial growth in a pet's mouth
  • Retained baby teeth or excess teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Tartar on a pet's teeth
  • Abnormalities in a pet's bite or ability to chew, including excessive drooling or dropping food
  • Pain in a pet's mouth
  • Bleeding in the mouth or gums
  • Swollen gums or other areas of a pet's mouth

An exam screens for a variety of problems and oddities in your pet's behavior. It allows a veterinarian in Charlotte to identify risks and start a treatment plan for your pets.

Issues We May Address in Pet Dentistry

The issues we address in pet dentistry during an initial exam depend on the situation. A dental exam checks for problems with your pet's teeth, so we may recommend additional visits for further treatment.

During the exam, we address bad breath and poor oral hygiene. We clean your pet's teeth and may suggest treatments for long-term health, such as fillings or more regular cleanings. We also help pet owners determine a better way to manage a pet's oral health by explaining the options to keep a pet's teeth clean and healthy.

Common Dental Problems in Pets

The conditions facing your pets depend on a variety of factors, including their age and exposure to certain risk factors. Dental health problems may range from bad breath to severe gum disease, so a veterinarian must evaluate the situation.

In most cases, your pet will face bad breath. Tartar on a pet's teeth and broken or loose teeth also complicate your pet's bite and health. A veterinarian will often see gum disease, or periodontal disease, in adult pets. The risks depend on your pet and the situation.

How We Help with Dental Problems and Oral Health in Pets

When we provide a dental exam for your pet, we help with the underlying problems. We identify the cause of the problems and then take measures to address the situation. We may recommend fillings for cavities, removal of excess teeth or cleanings to address concerns related to plague and tartar. We also keep pet owners informed about oral hygiene and their pet's specific needs. By teaching pet owners to brush a pet's teeth or appropriate options to keep a pet's mouth clean, we provide a tool to prevent complications in the future.

Oral health is an essential part of your pet's well-being. It ensures that your pet eats and prevents complications associated with bacterial growth and gum disease. To learn more about dental treatments for your pets or to set up an appointment, call 704-563-5858 today.