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Pet Dental Disease FAQ

Caring for your dog or cat's teeth is an important task, as failing to do so could lead to possible dental disease. This can cause a variety of problems, from pain and discomfort to possible tooth loss. The best way to treat pet dental disease is to make an appointment at The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt in Summerfield, NC, to meet with one of our veterinarians. Here are some frequently asked questions about pet dental disease to help you understand why it is an important condition to address.

Why is it so Important to Clean a Pet's Teeth?

Failing to tend to your pet's teeth regularly can easily lead to the buildup of plaque on the tooth surfaces. This hard substance will turn into tartar if it is not removed in a timely manner. Tartar will push its way underneath your pet's gums, which will eventually cause gingivitis. This is an uncomfortable condition for a pet, which is signified with bleeding and redness of the gums. If gingivitis is not treated, periodontal disease will occur.

How Can a Pet's Teeth Be Cleaned?

You can attempt to clean off your pet's teeth in the comfort of your home. This is done with help from a pet toothbrush and a meat-flavored paste. Simply dab the paste onto the brush and use it to whisk away leftover food and bacteria from your pet's teeth. Some pets will balk at this procedure, making it necessary to try several times so they become used to the process. Pet dental wipes are also useful for debris removal.

What Will Our Veterinarian Do to Help?

When you bring your dog or cat to our practice for routine dental care, you will have peace of mind knowing that your pet's dental health will be checked over as needed. If pet dental disease or other problems are found, our veterinarian will treat it appropriately.

Visit Us for Pet Dental Care in Summerfield

If you need help caring for your pet’s teeth and mouth, our veterinary team is here for your needs. Contact The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt in Summerfield, NC, today by calling us at (336) 643-2229.


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