Humans and pets are quite alike when it comes to dental care. Just like us, they can experience problems with their teeth and gums, and regular dental care is essential. However, we understand that most pet owners need help knowing how to properly take care of their pets' oral health. That's why our team at Animal Clinic Of Honolulu has put together a list of commonly asked questions regarding pet dental care.
Why Do Pets Need Dental Care?
Pets can experience dental issues just like humans. One of the most concerning is periodontal disease, which can develop relatively early in life. Preventative checkups and regular cleanings are needed to prevent these oral conditions that can cause bone and tooth loss, inflammation of the gums, and the spread of harmful bacteria into the bloodstream.
Why Does My Pet Need Anesthesia for A Dental Checkup and Cleaning?
Unlike humans, pets will not sit still during a dental checkup. Unfortunately, animals can experience anxiety or uneasiness during a dental appointment. For this reason, general anesthesia is used. It allows our veterinarians to conduct a comprehensive exam, along with a thorough cleaning using an ultrasonic scaler. This unique tool will enable us to remove a buildup of tartar or plaque, especially under the gum line where bacteria breed. Then, if further dental work is needed, such as an extraction or treating an infection, we will provide a customized treatment plan for your animal.
How Can I Tell If My Pet Has A Dental Issue?
There are certain signs of pet dental problems that all owners should be aware of. If you notice any of the following symptoms, make an appointment with us right away.
- Discolored, loose, or broken teeth
- Foul odor in the mouth
- Reluctancy to eat
- Pawing at the mouth
- Bleeding gums
How Can I Care for My Pet’s Dental Health at Home?
While it's crucial to schedule visits to our veterinary clinic for regular dental care, there is a considerable amount of time between appointments. What you do at home can be important as well. That’s why we can teach you how to properly brush your pet's teeth, what toothpaste you should use, and advise on good nutrition to promote excellent oral health at home. Preventative measures go a long way in avoiding uncomfortable oral problems later in your pet's life.
Visit Us for Professional Dental Care for Your Animal from Our Veterinarian in Honolulu, HI
Animal Clinic Of Honolulu is your local veterinary professional that's here to handle all aspects of your pet's dental needs, including preventative and emergency care. If you would like to learn more about the dental services we provide, give us a call today to make an appointment.