Pet Dental Care
Often overlooked, proper dental care for your pet is just as important as routine health exams. Keeping your pet's teeth clean and in good shape is a great way to help improve your pet's overall health. At Village Veterinary Clinic in Burke, we know how important it is to care for your pet’s teeth regularly. Let's take a more in-depth look at the benefits of pet dental care.
Why is Dental Care Important?
Taking care of your pet's teeth and gums is an important part of having a healthy pet. Just like people, our pet's teeth can become covered with tartar and plaque. This plaque can lead to gingivitis, a gum disease, or it can trap dangerous bacteria. This bacteria can enter your pet's bloodstream and turn into a dangerous heart disease. Your pet's teeth and gums can also act as an indicator for your pet's overall health. Quite frequently, problems detected in the gums first can be indicative of a larger health problem impacting other organs in the body.
What Can Our Veterinarian Screen For?
Our veterinarian is able to closely examine the teeth and gums during a dental exam. During the exam our veterinarian will be able to assess the overall health of the gums and catch any early signs of gingivitis. Further, our veterinarian will be able to see if any teeth are diseased or broken. Finding diseased teeth early will not only save your pet some undue pain and stress, but also eliminate the possibility of having the disease spread to other healthy teeth.
What are Some Common Dental Problems?
Probably the most common dental problem pets suffer from is a buildup of plaque along the teeth. Luckily, this is easily remedied with regular teeth cleaning and good dental hygiene. During a pet dental exam, sometimes our veterinarian will come across a diseased or broken tooth. Depending on the severity of the issue, it is quite common to have the tooth extracted.
How Can Our Veterinarian Help?
During your pet's regular health exam, our veterinarian will be able to assess the cleanliness and quality of your pet's teeth. If necessary, they will schedule a teeth cleaning. Following the cleaning, it is a good idea to keep up with regular dental hygiene at home. There are many hard chews available with textured surfaces that can work to clean the nooks and crannies around the teeth. Further, at-home pet dental kits are available to clean the teeth at home between visits.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Our team at Village Veterinary Clinic, located in Burke, cares about the health and well-being of your pets. We treat your animals as if they were our own. Give us a call at 703-978-8655 so we can schedule your pet's dental exam.