Pet owners are sometimes more familiar with their pet’s mouth than they might prefer. Among us, who hasn’t caught a whiff of kitty or puppy breath right in their face? Whether it’s a post-run pant or during a sweet snuggle session, dog and cat breath can be undeniably potent.

Pet dental care encompasses daily brushing at home and professional cleanings, but when it comes to what’s happening beneath the gums, digital radiographs hold the key.

Essential Tools

In addition to checking weight, behavior changes, and overall appearance, we pay close attention to your pet’s teeth and gums during every wellness visit. We can assess cracked, broken, or missing teeth, as well as tartar accumulation. However, the majority of a tooth isn’t visible to the naked eye. This means that without dental radiographs, approximately 75% of dental disease remains unaddressed.

Digital radiographs are central to our ability to truly assess your pet’s teeth. Fractures and disease extending below the gumline can be easily and quickly revealed via this process.

Shine a Light

Once we know what’s going on beneath the gum line, we can move ahead with a treatment plan that’s safe and effective.

When a pet is anesthetized for a routine cleaning, we recommend digital dental radiographs to help identify problems in the mouth. Like other vital diagnostics, this process allows for a swift and streamlined procedure with better results. This takes the guesswork out of pet dental care and encourages better overall health.

High Standards of Pet Dental Care

We uphold the highest standards for pet dental health and digital radiographs are essential in the diagnosis and formulation of treatment plans to deal with problems such as:

  • Missing, broken, or loose teeth
  • Lesions
  • Periodontal pockets over 3 mm in dogs and 2 mm in cats
  • Oral masses
  • Nasal discharge
  • Pain
  • Inappetance
  • Trouble chewing or picking up food
  • Red, bleeding, or inflamed gums

Don’t Wait ‘Til it’s Too Late

We’re happy to help you find the right pet dental care products to use at home. Pet-safe toothpastes and smaller brushes make the process easier for animals to accept. If you make it part of a rewarding grooming routine, your chances for better dental health are much higher.

When plaque and tartar are left untreated, the deleterious oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and infect the major organs, like the heart, kidneys, and liver.

Pet dental care is a vital to the larger picture of your pet’s health. We’re always here to assist with any questions or concerns!