Pet Dental Service in Fayetteville AR
Pet dentistry is an important part of your pet's routine veterinary care. Getting your pet's teeth cleaned on an annual basis can prevent the spread of infection through your pet's body. Dental care can also protect your pet from periodontal disease, which can cause pain in the mouth and gums. At Wedington Animal Hospital, we help protect pets from infection and periodontal disease with routine cleanings, cavity fillings and more.
Symptoms of Pet Dental Disease
As a pet owner, it's important for you to be able to recognize the symptoms of pet dental disease. Some of the symptoms include:
- Red, bleeding, inflamed gums
- Very bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Missing teeth
- Discolorations or stains on the teeth and gums
- Pain when eating
- Reluctance to chew hard objects or crunchy foods
How Your Pet's Fayetteville Veterinarian Can Help
As your pet's Fayetteville veterinarian, we provide the following services to pets:
Pet Dental Exams
We recommend that pets see the Fayetteville veterinarian for a dental exam at least once annually. During your pet's dental exam, we'll check his or her teeth for cavities, periodontal disease and plaque buildup. If we decide that your pet could benefit from a tooth cleaning or another dental procedure, we'll make recommendations for treatment.
Pet Dental Cleaning
Our dental cleaning procedures are safe and comfortable for your pet. Using anesthesia to keep your pet calm, we'll remove the plaque from his or her teeth, then we'll polish the enamel to ensure that your pet's teeth are smooth and white. Our pet dental cleaning services help prevent periodontal disease. In addition, polishing your pet's tooth enamel will help keep your pet's teeth clean for longer, because food sticks to smooth teeth less easily.
If your pet has cavities, we'll fill the cavities to prevent the spread of dental decay. Our cavity fillings can protect your pet from painful dental conditions and can also help save your pet's teeth.
If your pet's teeth become infected or if your pet develops advanced periodontal disease, he or she could need to have some teeth extracted. Like cleanings and cavity fillings, surgical tooth extractions are performed under anesthesia to ensure that your pet is comfortable and safe throughout the procedure.
Tips for Caring For Your Pet's Teeth At Home
There are many ways to care for your pet's teeth at home. At Wedington Animal Hospital, we recommend that pet owners brush their pet's teeth on a daily basis and watch for signs of dental disease during tooth cleanings, to ensure that you can get your pet to the veterinarian when he or she needs care.