Rabies isn't the only disease transmitted from animals to humans. In fact, you and your pet may share more diseases than you may realize. Fortunately, it's easy to avoid these diseases or conditio ...View Article
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Many of the basic forms of medical care humans need are also a necessity for pets -- including dental care. your furry friend depends on a healthy mouth for normal chewing, good digestion, and a high overall quality of life. That's why you want to make sure he gets the dental services he needs. Here at the Veterinary Clinic in Brunswick ME, our veterinarian can provide this all-important care so your pet can enjoy many years of healthy teeth and gums.
The teeth of dogs and cats face many of the same common threats to their well-being as human teeth. Pets can develop a variety of dental and oral conditions, especially as they age. for instance, most adult pets will eventually develop some degree of periodontal disease. This condition starts when bacteria gravitate toward plaque and tartar as a food source. The gums react with inflammation that eventually causes a destruction of gum tissue, allowing the teeth to loosen and fall out. Trouble signs include foul breath, bleeding or inflamed gums, and difficulty eating.
Periodontal disease isn't the only cause for concern; your pet's teeth and jawbone are also prone to infection. Cavities, cracks, or breaks in the teeth can let bacteria into the pulp chamber, where it not only kills the teeth but may also cause jaw abscesses and even systemic disease. Oral cancer is yet another threat to your pet's health -- and a very dangerous one. This fast-moving disease can kill if it isn't caught and treated early, but owners may have trouble even seeing it until it has advanced considerably.
Preventative care is always the first defense against any kind of disease or disorder, so bring your pet to our animal hospital for regular dental exams and cleanings. We can evaluate the teeth and gums carefully, with the aid of X-rays to reveal any problems occurring inside the teeth and jaw. We also examine the oral cavity to look for oral cancer. If we detect any kind of dental problem, we will recommend and administer treatment options. Dental cleanings remove tartar both above and below the gum line, giving bacteria nothing to feed on and helping to minimize periodontal disease. We'll even provide you with easy home dental care practices to help your pet stay healthier from one dental visit to the next.
Your pet deserves a healthy mouth and a strong set of teeth, and The Veterinary Clinic can help make it possible. Call our Brunswick veterinarian at 207-729-3412!