Dental health is vital to your pet’s overall health and well-being. Dental problems can lead to other health problems or be caused by medical conditions your pet may be experiencing. A Normandale Veterinarian can examine your dog’s or cat’s teeth to identify any issues and provide the appropriate dental treatment.
Schedule a checkup today: call us at 952-831-9272. We are your dental specialists!
What Does Veterinary Dentistry Include?
Veterinary dentistry can include the following procedures:
● Tooth adjustments
● Tooth repair
● Diagnosis of more serious medical issues
A board-certified Normandale veterinarian can perform a wide range of dental procedures to improve your pet’s dental condition for better tooth performance and health.
A vet can conduct an oral exam of your pet’s mouth. An exam may include a radiograph (x-ray) to evaluate the health of the jaw, roots, and the gumline. Since we will have to go below the gumline to discover any severe issues, we will place your pet under safe anesthesia. This will allow us to do our job without hurting your pet.
What are some common cat and dog dental issues we look for?
● Plaque and Tartar
● Periodontal disease
● Systemic illnesses
● Bad breath
● Retained baby teeth
● Broken or loose teeth
● Swelling in the mouth area
● Abnormal chewing or drooling
What Causes Periodontal Disease Problems?
Periodontal disease is inflammation around a tooth’s supporting structures. If food and bacteria accumulate around the gumline, plaque and tartar can form and eventually lead to gingivitis. Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontal disease. Streptococcus and Actinomyces bacteria can form and lead to late-stage periodontal disease. This condition is common in toy dog breeds with crowded teeth or dogs that frequently self-groom.
To treat periodontal disease, a Normandale veterinarian can perform a thorough dental cleaning followed by x-rays to determine the severity of the disease.
Taking Care of Your Pet at Home
There are three ways you can care for your pet’s teeth at home:
1. Brush Your Pet’s Teeth
Most vets recommend you brush your dog’s or cat’s teeth at least once a day. Daily cleaning will promote oral hygiene and eliminate bacteria buildup. Use a soft bristle toothbrush or a finger brush designed for pets. You should also use toothpaste designated for animals.
2. Special Diet for Periodontal Disease
If your pet is suffering from Periodontal disease, you can feed them a specialized kibble diet to provide better mechanical cleansing of the teeth. We can recommend certain types of foods or diets that are both good for their teeth and their overall health.
3. Give Your Pet Appropriate Chew Treats
Some chew treats are specially made to keep your pet’s teeth cleaner. Make sure to purchase toys that are approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). VOHC-approved treats will control plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth. Also, avoid treats that can hurt your pet’s teeth. Ask your Normandale vet which toys are appropriate and which toys you should avoid.
Complete Pet Medical Care in Minneapolis, MN
If you need to get your pet’s teeth cleaned or examined, then contact Normandale Veterinary Hospital today. We offer comprehensive medical treatment, grooming, and surgical care in Minneapolis, MN.
If you need emergency care or would like to schedule an appointment for medical treatment, call us at 952-831-8272 or send a message on our contact page.