Pet Dentistry at Oakbrook Animal Hospital, Your Gardner Veterinarian
Preventative medicine is one of the keys to keeping your pet healthy, and pet dentistry in Gardner is one of the ways we make sure your pet lives a long and healthy lifestyle. At Oakbrook Animal Hospital we check your pet's oral hygiene at every pet wellness exam. Just like in humans, problems with a pet's mouth can affect the rest of its body, possibly causing infections throughout its system. The earlier our veterinarian in Gardner finds a dental problem with your pet, the sooner and easier it can usually be treated.
Problems Our Gardner Veterinarian is Looking For
During a pet wellness examination, our Gardner veterinarian will check your pet's teeth, gums, tongue and mouth. Some of the most common problems he'll be searching for are:
- Broken teeth and roots
- Abscesses or infected gums
- Misaligned teeth
- Periodontal disease: plaque and tartar
The Problem With Plaque
The most common problem we find with almost all pets is a growing coating of plaque on the teeth. If it's not removed, plaque eventually hardens into unsightly tartar. This hard coating offers multiple crevices where bacteria will grow, and these germs can easily spread to other parts of your dog's or cat's body. In the worst cases, we've seen heart, kidney and liver problems directly affected by poor oral hygiene.
Another problem with these infections is that they can work deep into the gum line, infecting the jawbone and the tissue that connects teeth to the jaw. This can cause tooth loss and, in the worst cases, loss of bone in the jaw.
Dealing With Tartar in Our Office
When our veterinarian finds a case of tartar, he'll schedule a dental appointment for your pet. This will begin with anesthesia to keep your pet calm and safe. This is a completely safe procedure; in fact, the American Veterinary Dental College does not recommend anesthesia-free pet dentistry, because it doesn't allow cleaning or inspection below the gumline, where the worst of the infections will occur. Once your pet is safely asleep, our veterinarian will thoroughly clean your pet's teeth, just like you experience in the dentist's office.
Oral Hygiene at Home
Once your pet's teeth are clean, it's a great idea for you to keep them that way with regular brushing. If you've never brushed your dog's or cat's teeth before, it's going to be a learning process for both of you. Talk with our team and we'll be happy to show you the steps to take for keeping your pet's mouth cleaner between office visits.
Looking for an Olathe Veterinarian?
If your dog or cat hasn't had its teeth and gums checked in at least a year, it's important that you bring it in for an examination soon. Call our office at 913-884-8778 and we'll set an appointment for you and your furry family member.