It is estimated that 85% of all pets have some form of periodontal disease by 3 years of age. Periodontal or dental disease can lead to bad breath, painful chewing, bleeding gums, and/or loss of teeth in pets. Bacteria from dental disease can even travel to your pet’s heart, kidneys, and liver.
A professional veterinary dental cleaning is the only way to remove tartar from the teeth and under the gum tissue to protect your pet’s health. Periodontal disease is not reversible, but diligent at-home dental care and regular veterinary cleanings can slow down the progression of the condition.
A dental cleaning at Big Lick Vet will include:
* Pre-surgical bloodwork to ensure good health
* Physical exam
* Anesthesia, so your pet is comfortable during surgery
* Elimination of plaque and tartar from the teeth and under the gum
* Polishing to smooth enamel scratches that may attract bacteria
* Removal or repair of fractured or infected teeth
* Dental charting so progression of dental disease can be monitored over time
* Inspection of the lips, tongue, and entire mouth for growths, wounds, or other problems