Your pet may need routine dental cleanings, just like you. You might be surprised to know how important it is for your pet to see a veterinarian for pet dental care. If you are questioning why you would need to have your pet see a veterinarian at an animal hospital for dental care, we at New Hope Animal Hospital, serving Durham, NC, and the nearby region, have some insight.
Bacteria live and breed in the mouth of your pet just as they do in yours. While you're brushing your teeth at least twice a day, your pet is getting no such special treatment (unless you are brushing his teeth). That means that all of these bacteria might remain inside the mouth to wreak havoc.
One big dental problem in pets is infection. It stems from bacteria infecting the gums and causing them to swell. If the bacteria get into the bloodstream, they can even affect your pet’s overall health and potentially even kill him.
Routine Dental Cleanings
Routine dental cleanings are one of the core dental services we provide to our furry patients in terms of dental care. We recommend your pet receive a dental cleaning once a year. To make it easy on you, just bring your pet to our animal hospital for his routine visit.
This cleaning allows us to remove plaque that has accumulated around the gum line and could potentially irritate it and cause gingivitis and then gum disease.
At the same time as your routine examination, we can also offer your pet a routine examination. During this part of the visit, a practitioner on our team will carefully inspect your pet's teeth searching for any known issues.
Your pet may damage a tooth severely or have serious decay. The tooth could hinder his or her ability to chew and even be uncomfortable for your pet.
In these cases, a veterinarian on our veterinary team may recommend removing the tooth completely through an extraction. We will take the appropriate steps to keep your pet comfortable so this isn't an unpleasant experience for him or her.
Get Pet Care from a Veterinarian at Our Animal Hospital
We at New Home Animal Hospital, serving Durham, NC, and the neighboring communities offer a number of dental services to help keep your pet able to chew comfortably for as long as possible. We offer routine care as well as extractions. Book an appointment by calling (919) 490-2000.