Costa Mesa pet dentist describes the importance of dental care for dogs
Signs of poor dental health
Poor dental health signs in pets are like those in humans. Here are some symptoms to look for if your pet may be dealing with periodontal disease or tooth decay:
- Broken or loose teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Teeth covered in tartar or plaque
- Changes in appetite or even refusal to eat
- Unusual chewing or drooling
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Swelling of the gums or other soft tissues in the mouth
These are typical signs pet parents will notice when their pet is having difficulty with their oral health. Our veterinarian staff may detect oral problems during an evaluation. At this point, our team will advise pet owners to consider the benefits of treatment.
Treatment for poor oral health
Treatment is done under anesthetics. This is because it keeps the pet still so the veterinarian can thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. We may take X-rays to check for signs of decay within a tooth that is not visible during a physical evaluation. Treatment may include antibiotics or even extraction of teeth that are beyond repair and could contribute to poor oral health and wellness over time.
Make an appointment with Dr. Rand Spongberg today!
If you live in or around Costa Mesa and have considered having a professional look at your pet’s teeth, contact All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital to learn about dental services available. Call (949) 430-7576 for an appointment. We are conveniently located at 601 W 19th St., Suite 200.