Imagine if you never brushed your teeth or had them cleaned. Pretty frightening, right? As you can imagine, things would eventually start to go very, very badly inside your mouth: teeth would rot and decay, gums would become inflamed and infected. Bacteria from those rotting teeth would eventually travel into your bloodstream and could cause other serious health problems. And we haven’t even mentioned the daily, debilitating pain.
It’s the same scenario for your dog or cat. While some people might laugh at the idea of brushing their pet’s teeth or taking them to an animal dentist for a dental cleaning, the fact is that by age three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Periodic veterinary dental exams help maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent future problems.
Did you know that you can add 2-4 years to your pet’s life with proper pet dental care?
Nottingham Animal Hospital Offers Complete Pet Oral Health Services Including:
- Dental exams
- Annual dental cleanings
- Digital Dental Xray
Following American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines, Nottingham Animal Hospital only does cleanings and dental work on anesthetized pets. To ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia, we do require a routine blood test before the procedure.
Why are Digital X-Ray Recommended?
While our team can evaluate your pet’s teeth by looking at the visible surface, a digital dental x-ray will allow our team to see more than what is just visible to the naked eye. We are able to see the bones, roots, and the internal anatomy of your pet’s teeth.
Digital dental x-rays for pets allow us to see problems, such as periodontal disease, tooth resorption, impacted teeth, abscessed teeth, oral tumors with bone involvement, and more! By having a digital dental x-ray, this will help us find problems (or potential problems) before they become a painful experience for your pet.
Preventative Dental Care
Brushing your pet’s teeth several times per week is the best way to prevent plaque and tartar build-up. Interested in learning how to brush your pet’s teeth? Just ask and our veterinarians will be happy to help you get started. If you have a pet that won’t tolerate brushing, our veterinarians can also recommend products that will help keep your pet’s mouth healthy in between cleanings.
For more information or to schedule an appointment for a dental exam or veterinary teeth cleaning services, contact us today!
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