The first weekend in December, our entire staff at Kirkman Road Veterinary Clinic was fortunate enough to participate in, specialized one on one, training from a team of specialists in the field of veterinary dentistry. Of course, as a practice, we always strive to maintain the highest standards in all facets of veterinary care for your pet(s), whether it relates to specialized equipment, products, the science of medicine or, in this case, education. Recently, we upgraded our entire dental suite. This entailed replacing older lighting, a new x-ray unit specific to dental radiographs, additional and upgraded tools and instruments, and the necessary additional training to make all these things work for your pet(s).
As pet Owners, do we look at our pet’s teeth often enough to recognize, debris, infection, decay or other issues which might cause pain or affect our pet’s quality of life or longevity? Did you know that harmful bacteria, accumulated in your pet’s mouth, could impact other body functions and their life expectancy?
Naturally, many of these issues are recognized during your pet’s annual exam but we are committed to incorporating more complete preventative care into your pet’s personal health care regime. We are very committed to utilizing the very best resources available to make your fur family’s life, long, happy and uncomplicated. If your pet has not had his or her oral health evaluated recently, call our office at 407-434-1840 today to schedule an appointment and take advantage of the very best preventative resources veterinary medicine has to offer!
Your pet's dental health is an important part of his overall health. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the age of 3. It is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Dental disease is an often unrecognized source of pain in pets.
Common signs of oral disease include:
- Tartar buildup
- Red and swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
- Generalized depression.
Dental disease causes pain and can affect other organs in the body: bacteria in the mouth can get into the blood stream and may cause serious kidney infections, liver disease, lung disease, and heart valve disease. Oral disease can also indicate that another disease process is occurring elsewhere in a pet’s body. A thorough physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if this is the case.
The American Animal Hospital Association recommends regular oral examinations and dental cleanings, under general anesthesia, for all adult dogs and cats. A veterinarian should evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. This is recommended because bacteria and food debris accumulates around a pet’s teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss. We can recommend and demonstrate preventative measures you can begin at home. Our wellness program emphasizes and explains how you can avoid costly dental procedures with your pet in the future.
For more information about dental care for your pet, including helpful documents on brushing your pet's teeth and dental diets, visit our Pet Dental Care page.