According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 70% of adult cats and 80% of adult dogs show symptoms of oral disease. Exceptionally bad breath, brownish plaque at the base of the teeth, excessive drooling, sore or bleeding gums when eating or chewing, and decreased appetite can all be signs that a pet’s teeth require attention. Maintaining strong dental health and a regular cleaning program not only assures that your pet’s mouth and teeth will remain in excellent condition, but will also help to prevent infections that can spread through the bloodstream to affect major organs such as your pet’s liver, kidneys, and heart.
Part of your pet’s annual wellness exam at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital will include checking on the health of their gums, mouth, and teeth. Your pet’s annual in-office dental cleaning will include digital X-rays, which will help our veterinarians detect tooth infections or abnormalities and will help them to better advise you in your at-home care routine. Our veterinarians and staff will take the time to instruct you on proper at-home dental care, including brushing and providing your pet with dental chews and treats.