Imagine if you never brushed your teeth or had them cleaned. Pretty frightening, right? As you can imagine, things would eventually start to go very, very badly inside your mouth: teeth would rot and decay, gums would become inflamed and infected. Bacteria from those rotting teeth would eventually travel into your bloodstream and could cause other serious health problems. And we haven’t even mentioned the daily, debilitating pain.
It’s the same scenario for your dog or cat. While some people might laugh at the idea of brushing their pet’s teeth or taking them for a dental cleaning, the fact is that by age three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Periodic dental exams help maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent future problems.
Crossroads Veterinary Clinic offers complete pet oral health services, including:
- Dental exams
- Annual dental cleanings
- Digital Dental Xray
Following American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines, Crossroads Veterinary Clinic only does cleanings and dental work on anesthetized pets. To ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia, we do require a routine blood test before the procedure.
Why are Digital X-Rays Recommended?
While our team can evaluate your pet’s teeth by looking at the visible surface, a digital dental x-ray will allow our team to see more than what is just visible to the naked eye. We are able the bones, roots, and the internal anatomy of your pet’s teeth.
Digital dental x-rays allow us to see problems, such as periodontal disease, tooth resorption, impacted teeth, abscessed teeth, oral tumors with bone involvement, and more! By having a digital dental x-ray, this will help us find problems (or potential problems) before they become a painful experience for your pet.
Preventive Dental Care
Brushing your pet’s teeth several times per week is the best way to prevent plaque and tartar build-up. Interested in learning how to brush your pet’s teeth? Just ask and our veterinarians will be happy to help you get started. If you have a pet that won’t tolerate brushing, our veterinarians can also recommend products that will help keep your pet’s mouth healthy in between cleanings.
Top 5 Reasons for Tooth Extractions
If your pet has a tooth fracture or a cracked tooth, they may experience pain and need some sort of treatment, such as tooth removal. Below are the top 5 reasons for pet tooth extractions: