Good oral hygiene in pets is essential to maintaining their overall health. Taking your furry companion to the vet for regular dental care improves their chances of living out a full lifespan. North Shore Animal Hospital offers pet dentistry services for pets living in Lynn, MA, and the surrounding area.
Services We Offer
Our dental office provides dental care similar to what you might receive from your dentist, including:
- Scaling tartar
- Repairing loose or broken teeth
Don’t wait until there’s a problem before getting your pet’s teeth checked. You can save them a lot of pain and yourself a lot of money by bringing them in for regular pet dentistry visits.
Importance of Pet Dental Care
You should make checking your pet’s teeth part of their daily grooming routine. If you notice any swollen gums or signs of discomfort, it might be time to bring them to North Shore Animal Hospital for dental care. Other signs that might indicate a problem with your pet’s teeth or gums include:
- Bad breath
- Extra teeth in the mouth
- Lack of appetite
- Inability to chew properly
- Signs of pain when eating
- Bloody gums
Animals often become irritable when they have a dental issue. If your pet doesn’t seem like themselves or exhibits unusual behavior, take them to the vet and have them checked out. A dog or cat can develop the same kind of dental problems as humans, including:
- Misaligned teeth and bite
- Broken jaw
- Periodontal disease
- Broken teeth
- Defects of the palate
Pet Dentistry for Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is common in both cats and dogs. You may start seeing signs of it when your pet is around three years old. Without taking preventative action, it’s only going to spread and get worse. Untreated periodontal disease can cause your pet to have other health problems that involve organs like the liver, kidney, and heart.
When plaque hardens into tartar that gets below the gum line, it can cause an infection that damages the jawbone and the connective tissues that hold teeth in place. Vets typically treat periodontal disease by cleaning the teeth. They may x-ray your pet’s mouth to help them figure out the severity of the problem and make the proper follow-up treatment.
While humans understand why they are given anesthesia for medical and dental procedures, animals cannot. North Shore Animal Hospital vets make sure your pet is made comfortable and secure so that the experience is as stress-free as possible. Our team makes sure that your animal only receives what is necessary to complete the pet dentistry procedure.