One of the most important components of comprehensive pet care is proper dental care. Your pet’s mouth is important to his health and well-being. Our animal hospital offers animal dentistry near Wayzata, so we thought we would take the time to address some common veterinary dental problems and how they’re usually resolved.
While it’s normal for young pets to lose baby teeth, if your adult pet loses a tooth, you should give us a call so we can check their mouth. An adult dog or cat that loses a tooth could have had trauma to the face, or they might have advanced periodontal disease. If tooth loss is detected, give us a call so we can scheule an appointment to have a comprehensive oral exam.
Swollen or red gums
This is one of the most commonly diagnosed problems in your pet’s mouth. Swollen and bleeding gums are often a result of periodontal disease. Over time, plaque can build up teeth and gums and turn into a substance called tartar. Bacteria will then travel into the gum tissue and lead to something called gingivitis. If left unchecked, it will turn into periodontal disease and eventually lead to tooth loss. You can help prevent this by regularly brushing your dog’s teeth and getting his or her teeth examined on a regular basis by your family veterinarian.
Sometimes, even just the act of chewing on a toy can cause a cracked or broken tooth. Pets often may not show outward signs of pain or discomfort or experience difficulty eating until dental disease is quite advanced. That’s why it’s so vital that you keep an eye on your pet’s mouth and schedule regular dental exams. Keep an eye on what your dog chews on, and don’t allow chewing on rocks or anything hard. Bring your dog or cat to us for a professional veterinary exam if you spot a cracked or broken tooth, even if he or she is not showing any signs of pain or discomfort.
Tooth root abscess
Tooth roots are under the gumline and may be infected or abscessed without outward signs. You should try to look in your dog’s mouth to see if you can detect any swelling or other signs of an infection. Your veterinarian can perform dental X-rays under general anesthesia to check for an abscess, and your pet may need to have the infected tooth surgically extracted. Your veterinarian can provide anesthesia, antibiotics and pain medication as needed for such an important dental procedure.
For more information on animal dentistry near Wayzata, call Excelsior Animal Hospital at 952-474-1106, or you can contact us to Schedule an Appointment.