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Pet Dental Care at Lloyd Animal Medical Center

Pet Dental Health

You are a responsible pet owner and you take good care of your pet. But do you always remember to take care of your pet's teeth?

Dental disease, specifically periodontal disease, is the most common ailment affecting dogs and cats and it can have a serious impact on both your pet's well-being and general health. If left untreated dental disease can not only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition but it can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet's overall health before symptoms are noticeable.

For those reasons, our veterinary team considers dental care an important piece of your dog's or cat's preventive health care program. Regular dental check-ups at Lloyd Animal Medical Center, combined with good dental hygiene at home, can help ensure your pet leads the best life possible.

Dental Before and After Cleaning

Dental Examination

Just like in humans, infection and inflammation of the gums and supporting tissues of the teeth are caused by bacteria present in plaque and tartar.

Plaque builds up every day on the tooth surface including at the gum line. If left in place, the plaque can mineralize or harden in less than two days, forming calculus or tartar. The continued build-up of tartar both above and below the gum line can eventually produce an environment for certain types of bacteria that can lead to bad breath, bleeding, receding gums and eventual tooth loss.

To protect your pet's oral health, a complete exam at Lloyd Animal Medical Center includes:

  • Oral examinations under anesthesia
  • Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease
  • Supra and subgingival scaling to remove any plaque and tartar buildup
  • Tooth extractions
  • Polishing
  • Irrigation
  • Fluoride application

Should we find any issues such as evidence of gum or tooth erosion, gingivitis or excessive plaque buildup we will discuss this with you and offer treatment options for your pet. We are experienced dental practitioners and are capable of offering a number of dental procedures and oral surgeries.

Pet DentistryCaring for Your Pet's Teeth and Gums at Home

You can prevent serious dental problems by making sure your pet receives dental exams at the time of each vaccination, again at 6 months of age and then annually. In between visits to your veterinarian at Lloyd Animal Medical Center, check your pet's teeth regularly for signs of problems. Brushing your pet's teeth is the single most important procedure you can do to maintain good oral health. If performed regularly, brushing dramatically decreases the incidence of gingivitis and can increase the interval between teeth cleaning appointments.

If you are unsure of how to brush your pet's teeth, please ask a member of our staff for instructions.

Signs of Pet Dental Problems

Halitosis or bad breath is the most common sign of dental disease. Classic "doggy breath" is not necessarily normal. The major cause of halitosis is periodontal disease. This is an infection of the gums and potentially the other supporting structures of the teeth.

Other symptoms of dental disease include:

  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

If your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call Lloyd Animal Medical Center today at (781) 344-2500 for an appointment, so your pet does not need to spend any more time suffering with oral discomfort.

If you would like more information about the pet dental services Lloyd Animal Medical Center offers, or to schedule an appointment, please call (781) 344-2500, or click below to request an appointment.

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