Pet Dental Care at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic

Hadlock Veterinary ClinicJust like in humans, infection and inflammation of the gums and supporting tissues of the teeth are caused by bacteria present in plaque and tartar. When tartar builds up on your pet's teeth, it can lead to bad breath, bleeding, receding gums, and even eventual tooth loss.

Hadlock Veterinary Clinic's veterinarians and staff believe the centerpiece of good dental care is a complete oral exam followed by a thorough cleaning designed to remove plaque and slow its buildup.

At Hadlock Veterinary Clinic, your pet's dental appointment may include:

Should we find any issues, such as evidence of gum or tooth erosion, gingivitis, or excessive plaque buildup, we will discuss this with you and offer treatment options for your pet. We are experienced dental practitioners and are capable of offering a number of dental procedures and oral surgeries.

Caring for Your Pet's Teeth and Gums at Home

You can prevent serious dental problems by making sure your pet receives dental exams at the time of each vaccination, again at 6 months of age, and then annually. In between visits to our veterinary hospital, check your pet's teeth regularly for signs of problems. Brushing your pet's teeth is the single most important procedure you can do to maintain good oral health. If performed regularly, brushing dramatically decreases the incidence of gingivitis and can increase the interval between teeth cleaning appointments.

If you are unsure of how to brush your pet's teeth, please ask a staff member at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic for instructions. We're happy to help!

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Signs of Pet Dental Problems

Halitosis, or bad breath, is the most common sign of dental disease. Classic "doggy breath" is not necessarily normal. The major cause of halitosis is periodontal disease. This is an infection of the gums and potentially the other supporting structures of the teeth. Plaque builds every day on the tooth surface including at the gum line.

If left in place, the plaque can mineralize, or harden, in less than two days, forming calculus or tartar. The continued buildup of tartar both above and below the gum line can eventually produce an environment for certain types of bacteria that may be more destructive to the periodontal tissues and also produce a more noticeable odor. Cats may show oral pain by grinding their teeth or by pawing at their mouths.

Other symptoms of dental disease include:

If your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call Hadlock Veterinary Clinic for an appointment today.

If your pet has more serious dental problems and needs more advanced procedures, such as root canals or crowns, we will discuss this option and can refer you to a veterinary dental specialist.