Dental disease can be significant factor leading to the development of other serious diseases such as heart disease, liver disease, and kidney disease. For this reason, a good preventative dental health program is recommended for all dogs and cats. 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will be diagnosed with dental disease by the age of 3 years according to the American Veterinary Dental Society (www.avmamedia.org) .
The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt recommends twice yearly wellness exams that include a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment based on clinical findings. Our doctors have received extensive training in the detection of dental diseases and treatment. We are fully equipped to evaluate your pet’s oral health, take digital dental X-rays and interpret them, and perform ultrasonic dental scaling and flushing under the gumline. Should it be determined that the teeth need bonded sealants or extractions, we can address those needs as well. We can also evaluate proper tooth eruption in young dog and cats and provide necessary intervention to allow the permanent teeth to erupt properly.
Unfortunately, most pets do not receive regular preventative dental care and subsequently have to undergo dental extractions as their first experience in dental treatment. This can be prevented with routine dental care. Help us Celebrate National Pet Dental Health Month this February by calling for an appointment to evaluate your pet’s oral health.