Veterinary Dental Care in Spring, TX
Happy Pets Have Healthy Smiles
Much like humans, regular dental care is an essential part of your pet’s health. Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats, and leaving it untreated can lead to infection, pain, and loss of teeth. The veterinary professionals at Champion Wood Animal Hospital are here to help! Our local clinic offers a range of dental services in Spring, TX, from teeth cleaning to teeth pulling. After an initial exam, we’ll personalize a treatment plan for your pet to get them smiling again.
Has your pet been avoiding the dentist? Call (281) 502-2569 to schedule an oral exam.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease refers to an infection that affects the gums and can destroy the jawbone. Both pets and humans can get periodontal disease – so remember to brush your (and your pet’s) teeth regularly. Plaque, a bacterial film, builds up on the teeth. When the bacteria dies, it can harden on the teeth and cause more plaque to accumulate. In the early stages, plaque can be removed by brushing or chewing hard food. Toys can also play a part in dislodging teeth (think of some of your dog’s favorite chew toys). However, if plaque accumulates below the gum line, professional cleaning is the only way to get rid of it. If left for too long, an infection can develop under the tooth and destroy the surrounding tissue. This can lead to loose teeth.
How can I tell if my pet is developing periodontal disease?
- Your pet has loose teeth
- You notice blood in your pet’s saliva or water dish
- Your pet’s breath is worse than usual
- You notice your pet is having trouble eating
Fortunately for you and your pet, this can all be prevented by regular dental care. Regular dental checkups and brushing your pet’s teeth at home can go a long way to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.
Dental Cleanings Under General Anesthesia
In some circumstances, your pet may require a thorough dental cleaning under general anesthesia. Our Spring veterinary dental professionals are well-equipped to make sure your pet is safe and healthy throughout this process.
What happens during oral surgery?
- Oral pre-anesthetic exam – While your pet is awake, one of our veterinary professionals will conduct a basic oral exam to determine the scope of the procedure.
- Anesthesia monitoring – During the procedure, your pet will be placed under general anesthesia. We will monitor all of your pet’s vital signs, such as body temperature, heart rate, and breathing to ensure their safety.
- Scaling and polishing – Our veterinarians use tools just like human dentists to remove plaque buildup from your pet’s teeth. Afterwards, we use a special paste to smooth and polish the tooth enamel.
- Fluoride – Finally, our veterinarian will apply a fluoride or other anti-plaque treatment, which will help strengthen your pet’s teeth and discourage the future development of plaque.
After your pet’s procedure, we will provide you with thorough aftercare instructions. You can be reassured that your pet’s oral health has been taken care of.
Call (281) 502-2569 to schedule an oral exam for your pet.
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