Importance of Pet Dental Care

Gum disease is not only common in humans but can also be an issue fo your pet. This can be painful for your pet and make it difficult for them to eat. This condition is incredibly common and can affect internal organs if left untreated. Gum disease can have a negative effect on your pet’s heart, kidneys, and liver. Dental health is directly connected to your pet’s overall wellness, so make sure to schedule a dental check-up at your pet’s annual exam. Your vet near Franklin NJ, Dr. Kristie Steele, can quickly evaluate your pet’s gums to determine if there are any underlying issues which could potentially save them from a future health problem. 
 
Dr. Steele will discuss a wide variety of preventative and treatment options with you to help relieve your pet’s gum disease. Through an effective dental health routine, your pet will reduce their chance of tooth loss, gingivitis, and periodontitis. Contact Dr. Steele to find out how you can improve your pet’s dental care routine.
 
Oral Health in Cats and Dogs
Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked by your Franklin NJ vet at least once a year at their annual exam. If your pet exhibits any of the following signs, take them in for a dental check-up as soon as possible:
 
● Bad breath
● Chipped, broken or loose teeth
● Extra teeth
● Teeth discoloration
● Abnormal chewing, drooling or dropping food from the mouth
● Refusal to eat
● Excessive bleeding
● Swelling of the gums
 
Pick Up On Your Pet’s Signals
Your pet may become irritable due to the fact that they are uncomfortable or in pain. To communicate their frustrations, it is possible that your pet may bark, bite, swat, or nip at you. If your pet is acting strange, it may be possible that they may be experiencing a dental emergency. If your cat is swatting at you, don't hesitate to give our office a call and ask us about safe transportation options that won't harm your cat if they're uncomfortable or giving you trouble. If your dog is prone to biting, get a muzzle for transportation purposes and a secure carrier that they can travel in. Getting your pet to our office from care is paramount, because their health may deteriorate over time if their emotions are ignored.
 
Causes of Dental Disease
Dental issues can be caused by several different factors. If your pet suffers from any of the following conditions, bring them in to see Dr. Steele:
 
● broken teeth
● periodontal disease
● abscess or infected teeth
● cysts or tumors in the mouth
● malocclusion
● broken or fractured jaw
● palate defects
 
Loving Care Veterinary Hospital offers thorough oral exams during every visit to our office. If your pet requires dental care, our team will work with you to find the best dental care treatment plan for your lifestyle. If your pet needs a more serious dental procedure, general anesthesia may be utilized to help your pet feel more comfortable. 
 
A typical emergency dental surgery consists of:
 
● A complete oral exam with dental charting 
● Ultrasonic scaling to remove tartar and plaque
● High-speed polishing with a fluoride paste
● Fluoride treatment to protect their enamel
● Oral surgery
● Dental Radiography
 
Brush your pet’s teeth every day with an animal-specific toothbrush that has soft bristles. Provide them with chew toys that will help prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar. Also, be sure to feed them a proper diet and visit your veterinarian regularly to ensure that they are receiving a regular dental exam.
 
Call today to learn more about your pet’s dental health. You can reach our vet serving Franklin by emailing Dr. Steele at kristiesteeledvm@gmail.com. You can also fill out a contact form on our website and someone from our team will get in touch with you. We look forward to helping your pet have a happy and healthy smile!