One of the most devastating diseases that a pet can develop during its lifetime is dental disease. At Bridgton Veterinary Hospital, we are proud to offer an advanced level of dental services for our patients. Our doctors and support staff receive ongoing training in the most current dental techniques, and have trained under the direction of board-certified Veterinary Dentists. This level of training allows us to offer a high level of care in veterinary dentistry.
Our dental cleaning is performed by a veterinary dental hygienist trained in the special considerations of dog and cat mouths. Every tooth in the mouth is examined completely, and all findings are entered into your pets’ dental chart to track changes. Dr. Wheeler then performs a full mouth examination, and a treatment plan is made specifically for your pet.
Additionally, Bridgton Veterinary Hospital offers root canal therapy for broken teeth and abscessed tooth roots, advanced care for periodontal disease, and treatment for feline stomatitis and resorptive lesions (cavities).
Oral health is very important to our pets, just like it is for us. Unfortunatley, an astonishing 80% of dogs and cats begin to show signs of dental disease by 3 years of age.
What causes periodontal disease?
Without good, consistent oral hygiene, large amounts of bacteria begin to accumulate into a colorless film commonly called plaque. Plaque continues to build up over time, which can lead to infection and the destruction of gum tissue. The destruction eventually results in the loss of supporting structures (tissue and bone) within the oral cavity.
Signs of periodontal disease.
Once a pet begins to show warning signs of an oral problem, serious periodontal disease may already be present. That is why it’s important to start a preventative program with any new pet, young or old. Your doctor at Bridgton Veterinary Hospital will set up a personalized dental plan for your pet.
Don’t wait for these warning signs:
– bad breath – brown/yellow build-up on teeth
– inflamed or bleeding gums – depression
– swallowing food whole – change in eating habits
– lethargy – pawing at mouth
– rubbing face/mouth on floor – loss of teeth
– dropping food out of mouth – going to food bowl without eating
– abnormal drooling – suddenly not playing with toys
Treatment of oral disease
If any warning signs are noted, call immediatley for a physical examination.
Oral examination is always part of the physical exam.
If an oral problem is found during examination, an individualized treatment plan will be established for your pet. A thorough oral exam under anesthesia must be performed to accurately and adequately assess and treat oral issues in pets.
If you have any questions about your pets oral care please call us.