Your pet's dental care is crucial in keeping your pet happy and healthy. At Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital, we prioritize providing your pet with optimal oral care, whether they need an x-ray for missing teeth or a teeth cleaning. Prior to scheduling your appointment, learn about some frequently asked questions regarding pet dental care below:
In addition to an annual cleaning and exam, how can I keep my pet’s teeth healthy at home?
There are several measures you can take at home to protect your pet’s dental health. One crucial step is establishing a routine for brushing their teeth and staring this practice as early as possible so they become accustomed to it. When you brushing their teeth regularly, you can prevent plaque buildup and reduce the risk of gum disease.
How do I brush my pet's teeth?
To brush your cat or dog’s teeth properly, use a toothbrush and toothpaste specifically designed for pets. Brush gently along the gum line to remove any accumulated plaque and bacteria. It's important to avoid brushing too vigorously, especially if your pet has patches of gum due to missing teeth, as this could cause discomfort. You can gradually the duration of the brushing sessions as your furry friend becomes more comfortable. Remember to reward your pet with praise or treats after each successful brushing session, which can create a positive experience.
How does gum disease happen?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when bacteria in the mouth accumulate and form plaque along the gum line and between the teeth. If left untreated, this plaque hardens and turns into tartar, leading to inflamed gums. Your pet’s gums may appear red, swollen, and can bleed easily. Over time, untreated gum disease can cause pain, tooth loss, and other oral health complications.
What dental problems may my pet suffer from?
In addition to periodontal disease, pets can experience other dental problems. One common condition is stomatitis, which is similar to gum disease but extends beyond the gums. Stomatitis causes inflammation, redness on the tongue, and spots inside the cheeks. The condition is triggered by a viral infection and can spread rapidly between pets, especially those that share food dishes or have frequent contact.
How do accidents and injuries affect my pet's mouth?
Pets may also encounter dental trauma from accidents or injuries. This can lead to teeth or jaw fractures, causing additional damage to the mouth. It is essential to have a thorough examination from our veterinarian to assess and treat any dental trauma.
Schedule Your Dental Exam Today!
We offer comprehensive dental care at Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital in Bloomington, IL, to help keep your pet healthy. Call our office at (309) 663-1414 to learn more about our treatments and to schedule an appointment today.