doberman_teethbrushingHaving healthy teeth and gums is an important part of safeguarding your pets’ well-being. Tooth and gum problems can affect your pets’ quality of life by causing discomfort and making it hard for them to eat their food. Dental issues, such as infections, can also lead to more serious problems if they spread to other areas. Routine animal dental care is an essential part of ensuring that your pets stay healthy and free of dental problems.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month! Learn more by visiting https://www.avma.org/Events/pethealth/Pages/February-is-National-Pet-Dental-Health-Month.aspx.

Healthy Teeth and Gums Result in Happy Pets
Dental care for pets is similar to what people go through at dental checkups. Our veterinarians will examine your pets’ teeth and gums to check for any indication of problems that need to be treated. We also clean your pets’ teeth and gums to remove plaque buildup and reduce their risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If we find problems, such as gum inflammation or decayed teeth, we can provide your pets with the necessary treatment to restore good oral health. Remember that your pets will not always let you know if they are having tooth pain or other dental issues. Bringing them in for regular exams helps ensure that problems are caught early.

One important difference to keep in mind is pets need to be anesthetized in order to have their teeth cleaned and checked. This protects our veterinarians from being bitten or scratched by nervous or fearful pets. It also ensures that pets remain calm throughout the exam and cleaning, so that our veterinarians can do a thorough job of checking their teeth and getting rid of plaque buildup. Although being under general anesthesia comes with slight risks, our veterinarians are there to monitor pets while they are under anesthesia.

If your pets need dental care, our veterinarians will perform cleanings and exams with their safety in mind. We can also discuss steps you can take at home to protect your pets’ teeth and gums, such as brushing their teeth on a regular basis. If your pets have any dental issues, such as gum disease or tooth abscesses, we will recommend effective and safe forms of treatment. Our facility is equipped to handle a wide range of dental procedures for pets, including oral surgery, extractions and dental radiology. With our state-of-the-art equipment and skilled veterinary team, your pets will receive comprehensive dental care to help them maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Our Richmond Area Veterinarian Offers High-Quality Dental Care
If your pets are due for a dental exam, please contact our Richmond area veterinarian to make an appointment. We offer high-quality dental care in the Richmond and Pecan Grove surrounding areas. In addition to performing a routine dental exam, we also use a dental X-ray machine that helps us detect hidden problems that might require treatment. Keep in mind that finding dental problems early helps ensure prompt treatment that lowers your pets’ risk of developing more serious issues.

To learn more about Pet Dental Health, please visit https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Pet-Dental-Care.aspx.