One challenge for pet owners is to overcome that piercing stench that comes from your pet's decaying gum tissue. Just like with people, chewing more often through pre-existing dental conditions can lead to the growth of tartar on the teeth which can lead to medical issues elsewhere in the body. The ultimate effect is bone erosion and erosion of the teeth and gums that can cause long-term pain and health problems for your pet.
Dental problems are mostly preventable, but the treatment can sometimes be complicated by other existing conditions. Some pets could have root or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems. Bone softening from subluxations or occlusions can cause a loss of sensation in and around the mouth and could lead to emergency vet services. The best way to avoid dental issues to occur in your pets is to make sure he or she has an annual teeth cleaning. At Methuen Veterinary Hospital, our team provides the dental care your pet needs to stay healthy.
What Is Dental Hygiene for Pets?
When you visit our clinic for your pet’s dental cleaning, we will first put your pet under anesthesia for safety purposes, unless communicated otherwise due to a medical issue. Our staff will then employ the right tools to get rid of any tartar and plaque on your pet’s teeth. If there are any tears in the teeth’s enamel, a special polishing paste will be used for treatment.
We will also ensure that your pet is free of any broken or infected teeth. The next stage in the process is teeth strengthening and desensitization, where our team uses a special fluoride paste. Your pet’s gum line must also be examined to determine if there are any problems not visible on the surface.
Benefits of Dental Hygiene for Pets
Proper dental hygiene will keep your pet free of potential dental health issues such as bleeding gums, broken teeth, loose teeth, mouth ulcers, and more. Periodontal disease is caused by the buildup of bacteria in your pet’s teeth. The bacteria form plaque will eventually develop into tartar, and if left untreated, can cause gingivitis in your pet. This leads to infection in the roots and loosening of the teeth.
If gingivitis remains untreated, the disease continues damaging the bone structure eventually getting into the bloodstream and causing irreparable damage to the kidney, liver, and heart. Proper dental care also protects pets from broken teeth. If your pet is exposed to hard toys with weak teeth, he or she can end up breaking teeth causing infections and a lot of pain.
Contact Methuen Veterinary Hospital for Proper Pet Dental Care
If your pet needs dental care in the Methuen area, Methuen Veterinary Hospital can help. Contact our qualified staff for a thorough cleanup and routine checkup of your pet’s teeth and gums as a way of ensuring they live happy and healthy lives. Call us today at (978) 685-8031 to find out how we can help you and your pet.