At Bowman Veterinary Hospital, we know that great health for dogs and cats starts in the mouth with oral care, which is why we recommend yearly dental exams.
By the age of three, most pets will have some form of dental disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can travel through the bloodstream and negatively affect other areas of the body, like the heart. Although our pets cannot verbally tell us they have pain in the mouth, there are plenty of ways you can tell if your pet is experiencing some level of dental disease. Look out for:
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Swollen gums
- Broken teeth
- Red or bleeding gums
- Difficulty or an aversion to eating
Comprehensive Dental Exams
When you bring your dog or cat to Bowman Veterinary Hospital for dental treatment, we first take digital x-rays to closely examine the teeth as well as above and below the gumline. This gives us a well-rounded view inside the mouth and helps us determine if there is any periodontal disease present.
Once we know what the situation is, we thoroughly clean the teeth and the gums to remove plaque and tartar that could eventually lead to gingivitis and more serious stages of periodontal disease.
Yearly pet dental exams combined with vigilant at-home care can help you keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy throughout his or her life.
Safe Pet Dentals
At Bowman Veterinary Hospital, we abide by recommendations from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA®) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA®) and perform all pet dental procedures under anesthesia. This is the safest way to give your pet the dental care they need without causing any unnecessary discomfort.
Before every procedure, we perform pre-anesthesia bloodwork to ensure your pet's safety during the dental procedure.