More than just pretty teeth and fresh breath
Oral & Dental Care
Did you know that neglecting your dog or cat’s teeth could actually lead to some very serious health issues? Periodontal, or gum disease, can cause weight loss, and even infections of the kidney, bladder and heart valves. Periodontal disease is sometimes hard to detect because it occurs very slowly, but some of the early warning signs are as follows:
- bad breath
- loose teeth
- bleeding gums
- swelling gums
- gum recession
- tooth root below the crown exposed
- decreased appetite
- teeth falling out
- foul-smelling discharge
- extreme pain
Veterinary Dental Checkups
When you bring your pet to Lyne Animal Hospitals for their regular health exam, our veterinarians closely inspect the health of the teeth, gums, and the inside of the cheeks and mouth. Depending on the condition of the teeth, any signs of decay, or buildup of plaque, our vets may recommend an in-office, sedated dental cleaning. Most pets benefit from a professional cleaning once a year but this could vary because of the age, breed, genetics or the condition of the teeth and gums at the initial exam.
When pets come to Lyne Animal Hospitals for a professional cleaning, under anesthesia, their teeth are cleaned and all plaque buildup removed both above and below the gum line. At this time, we are also able to take X-rays to check for problems with decay or any signs of infection that cannot be seen during an exam. Damaged or decaying teeth can be attended to and any necessary extractions performed. We are also able to treat lesions that include root abscesses, root fracture, root and crown resorption, dental anomalies, bone lysis associated with oral tumors, and mandibular and maxillary fractures.
This kind of professional deep cleaning restores the condition of a pet’s mouth so that at-home care will be more effective.
Just like people, pets need regular teeth brushing to keep plaque from building up and to promote good gum health. The staff and veterinarians at Lyne Animal Hospitals can help you work with your pet to make dental care a regular and accepted part of his or her daily routine.
In addition to pet toothbrushes, we have a selection of dental chew treats that can greatly reduce plaque and improve the condition of gums and teeth. We also carry oral products that can be used in your pet’s water to promote dental health.
As with any of your pet health concerns, please feel free to contact us with your questions.