Your pet’s dental health is an important part of its overall well-being. Just like humans, pets can develop dental issues that require proper care and attention. At Coastal Animal Hospital in Kitty Hawk and Buxton, NC, we provide dental exams to detect any problems early and keep your cat or dog healthy.
What to Expect During a Dental Exam
During a dental exam, our veterinarians will check your pet’s teeth, mouth, and gums. Along with that, the exam may include cleaning and scaling procedures to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Our vets may also take X-rays to check for any problems below the gumline.
Common Dental Issues in Pets
Dental problems, such as plaque and tartar buildup, periodontal disease, tooth decay, fractures, and infections are common among pets. If you notice any of these issues in your cat or dog, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Some dog breeds, such as Boxers, Great Danes, Bulldogs, Collies, and Mastiffs, are prone to gingival hyperplasia, which causes gum overgrowth, while Shih Tzus are more likely to experience delayed tooth eruption.
Importance of Preventive Dental Care
Regular brushing and good oral hygiene practice are essential in preventing dental problems in pets. Not only that, but healthy foods and treats, chewing towns, and dental chews can also help prevent plaque and improve dental health. Water additives and oral rinses can also contribute to a healthier mouth. Gradually introducing tooth brushing to your dog’s daily routine and using toothpaste and toothbrushes specific to the pet is essential for its dental health.
Dietary Considerations for Dental Health
Implementing nourishing diets and treats is beneficial for your pet’s dental care. Understanding the importance of nutrition in dental health allows you to make informed choices. Dental prescription diets can provide additional benefits for maintaining optimal dental hygiene, as these diets reduce tartar buildup and stains. In addition, dental gels and sprays can contribute to fresh breath and improved dental hygiene, while certain supplements can support your pet’s dental health and promote stronger teeth and gums.
Monitoring Dental Health at Home
Regular dental check-ups and monitoring your pet for signs of dental issues can help with early detection of any issues. When you visit us, we can recommend symptoms to watch for, such as bad breath or signs of oral pain. Not only that, with routine exams, we can provide treatment on time and prevent further complications.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
At Coastal Animal Hospital in Kitty Hawk and Buxton, NC, we offer dental exams and quality care to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. To learn more about our services and to schedule an appointment, call us at (252) 261-3960 today. We look forward to improving your pet’s quality of life!