Does your pet brush her teeth every day? Of course not! Does she have bad breath? Possibly – but we can help.
Did you know that bad breath is caused by the build-up of bacteria in the mouth? Bad breath is not the only thing
that bacterial build-up causes.
Bacterial build-up causes inflammation and swelling of the gums as well as infection around the teeth. That
infection eats away at the bone of the jaw and can lead to:
- Red, swollen and painful gums
- Painful loose teeth
- Pain while eating
- Loose or missing teeth
- Heart and kidney damage
So, in many cases, bad breath is just a symptom of a much bigger problem.
Our doctors examine your pet's teeth and gums at every visit to identify dental problems. They may recommend a more
detailed examination and cleaning (which requires sedation) or they may discuss options for home dental care.
When your pet comes in for a dental cleaning we will do a complete cleaning of the teeth above and below
the gumline and take x-rays of all of her teeth. Our digital dental x-ray equipment lets us take x-rays of all
of the teeth in about 10 minutes. These x-rays show us the entire tooth from crown to root and tell us where there is
tooth and/or root damage below the gumline – damage we can’t see with the naked eye. Using this information we can be
certain about which teeth are too damaged to save and which teeth can be salvaged with dental treatment.