Protect your pets' health with routine dental cleanings
Dental disease can hide in your pets’ mouth for years, posing an unseen risk to comfort and health. Because there are few signs that your pet has developed dental disease, the best way to detect problems is to schedule routine exams with your trusted veterinary team at All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital in Costa Mesa. We have been serving families in our area for over thirty years, and continue to do so with the utmost compassion and expertise.
It is estimated that as much as 85 percent of pets have dental disease by the time they are three years old. This is an alarming statistic, considering the extent that problems such as gum disease can affect your pet's comfort and overall health.
A pet with dental disease may experience:
- Difficulty eating or chewing due to pain
- Persistent bad breath
- Tooth discoloration, or brown stains near the gum line
- Inflammation and soreness in the gums
- Swelling in the gums and jaw
- Tooth loss
- Diminished quality of life
Health and longevity are affected by untreated dental disease. The condition originates with bacteria. The living organisms natural to the oral environment stick to the plaque that forms on teeth and gums. Plaque is an invisible film formed by saliva and food particles. Just as the bacteria hidden in plaque can cause infection in your gums, it can also cause gum disease in your pets. Although pain and tooth loss are unsettling effects of disease, there is the potential for damage to the kidneys, liver, and heart when bacteria travels to these organs through the blood.
Prevent pain and health problems with routine care
We provide both Anesthetic and Non-anesthetic teeth cleanings at our hospital which is the only way to remove built-up plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from your pet's teeth. Our veterinarians can determine which is the best procedure for your pet. Routine dental exams in our Costa Mesa veterinary clinic may involve special digital x-rays of the mouth. The data that we gather during the dental examination will enable us to tailor a cleaning schedule to your pet's needs. Some pets require cleanings two times a year, while others may be scheduled only every few years.
We are happy to schedule your pet's dental exam today! Call (949) 430-7576.