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Dentistry

What does my pet need Dental Care?

Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.

 

Even if your dog or cat doesn’t have these symptoms, we recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery.

Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body: Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. If these problems aren’t caught and treated quickly enough, they can result in death. A physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if infection in the mouth has spread.

Schedule your pet’s dental exam today! We can also help show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup.

 

 

Common SIgns of Dental Disease:

 

Yellow, or Brown buildup (Tartar) on the teeth

Red, Swollen or Bleeding gums

Bad Breath

Excessive Drooling

Changes in eating or chewing habits

Pawing at the face

Teeth loss

Depression

White Oak Veterinary Hospital

3336 Hendersonville Rd. Fletcher, NC 28732
Phone: (828) 687 - 2803
Email: [email protected]

Hospital Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday : 8:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday & Weekends: CLOSED
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