Dental disease affects roughly one in three pets, and it can range from a minor inconvenience to a major health issue. It isn't always easy to spot when your pet’s mouth is in pain, especially because animals have a natural instinct to hide pain and weakness.
Often the only outward symptoms of dental disease will be in your pet’s behavior— change in appetite, decreased energy, poor mood, and reluctance at being touched near the mouth or face can all be signs of dental disease.
Dental examinations are an important way for our veterinary team to track your pet’s oral health and wellness and also spot any potential issues that could lead to serious gum disease or other dental health problems.
In our dental examination, we’ll look for the following warning signs:
To identify some of these warning signs, we’ll need your input as the person who spends time with your pet away from our office. That’s why we always say that at-home care is the most important part of your pet’s oral health. We’ll give you all the resources and information you need to take care of your pet’s dental health when they’re away from Sangaree Animal Hospital at Cane Bay.
Dental cleanings can help restore your pet’s oral health and are an important part of the dental healthcare process. In these cleanings, we’ll scrub away plaque and tartar buildup, polish teeth, and may recommend other procedures based on what we find. In some cases, we may need to recommend the extraction of a tooth.