Veterinarian Dental Surgery and Tooth Care
Your pet deserves to have a clean, healthy mouth. The only way to ensure that your cat or dog maintains good oral hygiene is through appropriate dental care. At Oakdale Animal Hospital, we have the equipment and expertise to perform surgeries on your pet's teeth, such as extractions. We can also clean your cat or dog's teeth to preserve their overall health. If you need a vet in Brandon or Flowood for keeping your pet's teeth in prime condition, connect with us.
Why Teeth Cleaning and Other Dental Care Is Important
Caring for your pet's teeth is vital to its overall health. Poor oral hygiene puts your pet at risk for:
- Tooth loss
- Bad breath
- Dental disease
- Mouth pain
- Organ damage
It's hard to believe that your cat or dog's teeth can have such an impact on its health. Bacteria in the mouth do more than just cause cavities that can cause pain, bad breath, and tooth loss. Those germs can also travel through the bloodstream to your pet's organs, where they can cause even more damage.
How You Can Care for Your Pet's Teeth
Taking care of your pet's teeth is similar to how you care for your own oral health. Ask one of our vets about how to brush your cat or dog's teeth with a pet-appropriate toothpaste and brush.
In addition to brushing your pet's teeth, ask the vet about dental treats. These crunchy treats are specially made to clean off plaque from pets' teeth as they chew through them. Ask your vet about the appropriate number of treats you should feed your pet for optimum dental health and nutrition.
People and pets both need regular visits to a professional to get teeth cleanings and examinations. This task is easier for you than for your pet because you don't usually need anesthesia for a cleaning. Your pet does.
Vets put both cats and dogs under general anesthesia to keep them still during the cleaning and x-rays. Because the vet must clean under the gum line, the pet could try to jerk away if it were awake for the procedure. Using general anesthesia prevents the animal from feeling discomfort or moving and hurting itself during the procedure.
When to See a Veterinarian for Your Pet's Dental Problems
Sometimes, no matter how well you care for your pet's teeth, it may develop a problem. If you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, make an appointment with a veterinarian.
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Discolored teeth
- Refusal to eat
- Unusual chewing patterns from trying to avoid painful areas in the mouth
- Excessive drooling
- Loose teeth
Make an Appointment with Us to Preserve Your Pet's Teeth
If you need to get your pet in for regular teeth cleaning, or if you suspect a dental problem, contact us at Oakdale Animal Hospital by phone at (601) 829-9949 or online. We provide dental surgery and tooth care in addition to our other veterinary services for those in the Brandon and Flowood areas. Come see us today to get care for your pet, teeth and all.