Just as your own primary care physician may occasionally feel the need to refer you to a specialist, your veterinarian may feel your pet needs the additional expertise of a veterinarian who has advanced training in animal dentistry and oral surgery.
It’s important to remember that dental disease is the #1 problem that affects small animals of any age. In fact, veterinary experts estimate that up to 80% of dogs and 70% of cats that do not receive proper dental care will experience signs of dental disease by the age of three.
For these reasons, it is very important that your pet receives more regular advanced care from a veterinarian with advanced petl dentistry and oral surgery experience.
What Types of Problems Require Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery?
A veterinarian whose practice includes dentistry and oral surgery can perform all the routine veterinary care, such as dental examinations and cleanings. They are also specially trained to handle more complicated problems such as oral surgery, periodontal surgery, complicated surgical extractions, fracture repair, and orthodontics. Oral masses or lesions can also be examined by a veterinarian with advanced training in oral disease.
Signs that a pet may need dental care include:
• Bad breath;
• Visible tartar on the teeth;
• Red, irritated, swollen, or bleeding gums;
• Drooling or excessive salivation;
• Pawing at the teeth or mouth;
• Discoloration or staining of the teeth;
• Loose or missing teeth;
• Difficulty eating;
• Discharge from the nose;
• Swelling under the eyes;
• Weight loss or loss of appetite;
• Lethargy and loss of vitality.
Did You Know These Facts About Animal Dentistry?
It’s not common for dogs and cats to display signs of dental disease. Although broken and loose teeth are painful, pets often either chew on the opposite side of the mouth or swallow the food whole to avoid showing signs of pain. Despite the fact that most pets do not show signs of dental disease, it is important that your pets be regularly evaluated and treated for dental disease to avoid the discomfort and infection they may be hiding.
Here are some facts you may not know:
• Dogs have 42 permanent teeth while cats have 30;
• Symptoms of gum disease in dogs and cats include yellow and brown tartar buildup along the gum line, inflamed gums, and bad breath;
• Smaller breeds of dogs and greyhounds are highly predisposed to developing severe periodontal disease;
• Dental problems can be a cause of weight loss and loss of appetite in older pets, particularly cats;
• Orthodontic devices are available for pets with bite abnormalities that need correction. No pet needs a perfect bite, but every pet deserves a pain-free bite.
If your pet is exhibiting any of the symptoms listed above – and you want to know if there are oral health issues – please don’t hesitate…Call our office today to schedule a consultation! Our experts in pet dental care try and oral surgery will have your pet feeling better in no time!