Taking the time to provide your cat or dog with pet dental care is every bit as important as maintaining the other parts of their body. Contact New Shackle Island Veterinary Hospital in Hendersonville TN if your pet is in need of teeth cleaning or a check of their dental condition. Our veterinarian is also available to handle dental emergencies. Here is some information about pet dental care and how our vet can help when necessary.
Why Pet Dental Care Is so Important for a Cat or Dog
A pet that does not receive routine pet dental care is at risk for oral hygiene problems. Their teeth should be cleaned regularly to remove bacteria from the mouth. If bacteria are not removed, it remains on the surfaces of the teeth and will harden into plaque and tartar. This is difficult to remove and will eventually affect the gums and areas underneath them. In time, gingivitis will settle in. This will lead to periodontal disease if it is not treated quickly. Pain and tooth loss will occur as a result.
How You Can Tend to Your Pet's Dental Needs at Home
Your pet requires regular checks of their teeth so treatment is obtained quickly should a problem be discovered. Make it a priority to look into your pet's mouth every few days to check for broken teeth or redness of the gums. If your pet shows signs of suffering from pain when they eat, make an appointment with our vet for an evaluation. Brush your pet's teeth using a pet toothbrush and meat-flavored paste. These items are found at pet supply stores. Dental wipes made for dogs or cats will also remove bacteria from the teeth.
What Our Veterinarian Will Do To Help Your Pet
Our veterinarian will perform checks of your pet's teeth during routine wellness visits. During this time our vet will also clean your dog or cat's teeth. Your pet's teeth will be evaluated in detail so treatment is provided if there is a problem present. This may include the pulling of loose teeth, filing broken teeth so jagged edges do not cut your pet's mouth, or handling a misalignment problem. A pet that displays signs of discomfort of the mouth requires an immediate appointment with our vet for an examination. Failure to obtain help when an oral hygiene problem arises could lead to further difficulties with your pet's health.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
You can call New Shackle Island Veterinary Hospital in Hendersonville TN a call to make an appointment with our veterinarian for pet dental care. Our practice offers convenient hours and also handles emergencies. Contact our office at (615) 826-0014 for more information.