Here at Takoma Park Animal Clinic, we are pleased to offer dental services for our clients.
Dental disease is one of the most overlooked disease in pets even though it is very prevalent and dangerous. If left untreated, the disease can travel through the bloodstream. This causes many problems, including heart, liver, and kidney disease.
The worst part of dental disease is its prevalence. It is thought that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats more than three years old are affected by the disease. The number is astonishing, considering how many pets are well taken care of!
Dental disease is so prevalent because owners still are not informed about how important good dental care is. There are many things you can do to prevent and treat dental disease. The best way to prevent the disease is to brush your pets’ teeth. There are also dental chews and other dental things available on the market. However, many owners simply don’t know enough to make sure they are caring for their pets’ teeth the way they should.
Good dental care also requires routine examinations by a veterinarian. Veterinarians can catch dental disease early, help you figure out if there is more you can do, and even recommend a professional dental cleaning if the disease is really bad. Professional dental cleanings under anesthesia are the very best way to stop dental disease. We clean your pets’ teeth like your dentist does cleans yours. We can even get underneath the gums, where owners are not able to get to.
After a professional cleaning, it is important to keep brushing your pets’ teeth and provide dental chews to keep dental disease from coming back.
Signs of dental disease include discolored teeth, bad breath, and even difficulty eating. Some pets experience blood in their mouths because the disease has progressed so far. If you notice any of these, you need to schedule an examination as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about dental health or the services we offer, feel free to contact us today at (301) 270-4700.