Your pet’s world revolves around its mouth, and that makes dental care vital to his or her overall health and longevity. In this way, they are just like people. The fact is that most pets over three already have some signs of periodontal (dental) disease.
Unfortunately, many pet parents don’t pay attention to their pet’s mouth until they’re forced to do so by terrible doggy breath, a pet that has trouble eating, or obviously feels unwell. At that point, a lot of teeth and gum damage has probably already occurred, requiring extensive cleaning, extractions, and or oral surgery to fix. If the periodontal disease is very advanced, bacteria may have already spread to internal organs, causing serious illness and perhaps even shortening the life of your pet.
The way to avoid all this is with regular dental care including at-home brushing, if possible, dental exams, and annual dental cleanings. At Village Veterinary Hospital, we offer comprehensive dental services for pets including oral surgery, and we take full-mouth X-rays before and after extractions for our patients.