According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.
If you suspect your pet has poor periodontal health, or are unsure, please give us a call to schedule an appointment!
Common signs of dental disease include:
- Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
- Loose teeth
Our goal at AAMC is to provide animals with the best care possible. This includes maintaining their dental health. We strongly recommend at home dental care Dental2 which includes:
- Brushing teeth 2-3 times weekly
- Dental chews
- Oral rinses
In addition, most pets need a professional cleaning yearly. When we perform dental cleanings we sedate our patients so that we may be thorough. We then take dental X-rays so that we may better understand the anatomy of the mouth.
Dental X-rays are done to:
- Find problems in the mouth such as tooth decay, damage to the bones supporting the teeth, and dental injuries (such as broken tooth roots). Dental X-rays are often done to find these problems early, before any symptoms are present.
- Find teeth that are not in the right place or do not break through the gum properly.
- Find cysts, solid growths (tumors), or abscesses.
- Plan treatment or tooth removal.
Without X-rays, we may miss conditions that will cause severe problems later in life.