Pet Dental Care with Your Bakersfield Veterinarian
Our pets are so much like us in so many ways -- including the fact that we only get one set of permanent teeth. If your dog or cat doesn't receive regular dental checkups and cleanings, there's a very good chance he could end up with serious gum disease, tooth decay or even worse outcomes. Fortunately, keeping your pet's mouth healthy is a lot easier when you have help from At The Oaks Pets Hospital. We're happy to provide your beloved friend with a lifetime of high-quality dental care.
Dental Threats to Bakersfield Pets
A variety of issues can threaten the dental and oral health of your Bakersfield pet. Chief among these is periodontal disease, an affliction that impacts the majority of animals by their third year. Periodontal disease in a destructive inflammation of the gum tissue around the teeth, triggered by the presence of bacteria that are attracted to dental plaque and tartar. Periodontal disease can cause serious pain, promote infections of the jaw, and even lead to tooth loss. Bleeding gums, reluctance (or inability) to eat, and bad breath are some of the warning signs of this disease.
With or without periodontal disease, an animal's mouth is vulnerable to cracked or broken teeth, jaw damage, and other injuries that need to be dealt with ASAP. Another danger to your pet's well-being is oral cancer. This category of cancer doesn't just destroy your pet's mouth; this fast-moving disease can also spread to other parts of the body, with deadly results. At the same time, it isn't always obvious to owners, which is why checkups are critical. Senior pets are at even higher risk of dental problems, calling for even closer monitoring.
Exams, Teeth Cleaning and Treatment From Our Bakersfield Veterinarian
Our Bakersfield veterinarian, Dr. Sidhu, places a high priority on your pet's dental wellness. We typically administer annual dental exams in which we check the integrity of teeth and gums, take X-rays, and look for early signs of oral cancer. We can then recommend treatment for any issues we may find. Senior pets and certain breeds of animals may require two dental exams per year instead of one.
Teeth cleaning under anesthesia is usually performed during the course of a routine dental exam. Our dental instruments can clear away even the toughest tartar to discourage periodontal disease. Dental hygiene between visits can greatly reduce the number of issues your pet may develop. Our Bakersfield veterinarian can educate you on smart home practices such as the proper way to brush your dog or cat's teeth, and which foods or chew toys can help scrape away tartar.
Contact Our Pet Hospital Today
Your pet can't look after his own dental health, so it's up to you to give him the care he needs for a happy life. Call (661) 665-8950 to schedule a dental exam at our pet hospital!