Pet Dental FAQs in Edmonton
At the Hamptons Animal Hospital in Edmonton, we get a lot of questions about pet dental care, and we're happy to answer them. Here are some common questions we receive regarding your pet’s dental care. Make sure to have your pet checked up by one our vets in Edmonton for dental health.
What sort of impact does dental health have on my pet?
Pets with healthy teeth, gums, and mouths tend to live longer than animals with poor dental health. By keeping your pet's oral health in top shape, you're helping them avoid painful and uncomfortable dental diseases. You are also helping yourself avoid costly veterinary bills associated with treating them.
What sort of dental complications can occur in animals?
Dental diseases affecting animals are largely preventable. They include:
- Plaque and tartar buildup (tartar occurs when plaque is not removed and becomes hard)
- Periodontal disease (aka gum disease)
- Tooth decay
- Tooth abscess (infection)
- Tooth fracture
- Missing and/or loose teeth
- Jawbone fractures
- Oral cysts and tumors
Are there any signs and symptoms of pet dental disease?
Yes, but keep in mind that you shouldn't go by these alone as an indication of whether your pet's mouth is healthy. Sometimes the dental disease can progress unchecked even without any obvious signs, so it's crucial to bring your pet to a vet on a routine basis for closer examination.
That being said, be aware of the following issues, as they may suggest a dental health problem in your animal:
- Broken, loose, discolored, or missing teeth
- Bleeding gums, or gums that appear very pink or very pale
- Foul breath (halitosis)
- Lumps and bumps
- Sores in or around the mouth
- Difficulty eating, frequently dropping food or eating only one side of the mouth
- Decreased appetite or interest in food
Why do veterinarians use anesthesia for pet dental exams and cleanings?
Understandably, most animals would be quite spooked by masked humans looking around in their mouths! So, in order to do a thorough, safe, and effective job of screening and cleaning the mouth, we always put pets under general anesthesia prior to an examination. It's the most humane and sensible way to provide appropriate pet dental care.
Besides visiting my Edmonton veterinarian regularly, how can I protect my pet's dental health?
Encourage health from the inside out by giving your pet nutrient-dense food that's free of artificial ingredients, chemical additives, and sugars. Offer vet-approved chew toys to promote healthy chewing and strong jaws and teeth. Lastly, brush your pet's teeth! Even just a few times a week can prevent dental disease by removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria. With the right tools, techniques, and training, it's truly not that difficult and can be a great way to bond with your pet, so be sure to ask our Edmonton veterinarian team if you have any questions.
Is it time to schedule your pet's next dental exam and cleaning?
Contact our Edmonton veterinarian team today at Hamptons Animal Hospital by calling (780) 489-3203. We are area leaders in spay and neuter surgery, but also offer a wide variety of other veterinary services for cats, dogs, and other animals. Call us today!