Diseases of the mouth, gums, and teeth are very common in cats and dogs. If left untreated, dental disease can serve as a chronic source of infection and discomfort. Your pet’s dental health plays an important role in systemic health (heart, liver, kidneys) over time. As complete an oral examination as possible is performed with each physical exam. Your doctor will discuss preventative care and tips for your pet’s dental hygiene, and will make recommendations for a dental cleaning or additional care if appropriate.
During a dental cleaning, your pet’s teeth and gum line receive a thorough scaling and polishing. The teeth and gums are closely examined for the presence of periodontal disease. Digital dental radiographs are performed to allow assessment of the roots of the teeth and to assist with dental extractions, if necessary. Your doctor will make recommendations for the long-term management of your pet’s dental hygiene.
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