Dental care is an important part of maintaining your pet’s overall health. Studies have shown that at three years of age, the majority of dogs experience some type of dental disease. The same has been shown of cats. At Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital in Morehead City, our team offers comprehensive pet dental services.

Periodontal Disease and Your Pet

When plaque develops on your pet’s teeth, so do bacteria. This can lead to periodontal disease. If the plaque is not removed, the periodontal disease can begin forming along the gumline. This will cause gingivitis or inflammation of the gums. Tartar combined with bacteria under the gumline causes an infection that can impact your pet’s tooth, root, and jaw bone. If left untreated, your pet can begin losing their teeth. Periodontal disease can also affect your pet’s kidney, liver, and heart health.

Signs of Periodontal Disease

There are several common signs that your pet may have periodontal disease, including:

  • Red, swollen or bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty eating
  • Loose teeth
  • Drooling

Preventing Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is preventable with proper pet dental care. This can include brushing your pet’s teeth and regular use of dental chews. Our team can show you the best techniques for brushing your pet’s teeth. Come in for regular dental exams to keep your pet’s teeth in great shape.

Pet Dental Care

Many pet owners have difficulty brushing their pet’s teeth every day. We provide full-mouth dental cleanings to maintain your pet’s oral health. Following examination, your pet’s teeth will be cleaned both above and below the gumline. The cleaning is performed while your pet is under general anesthesia. Pet dental cleaning is a safe and effective manner of avoiding gum disease and improving the quality of your pet’s life.

Veterinarian in Morehead City

At Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital, our veterinarians have years of experience providing pet dental care for pet owners in Morehead City, NC, and the surrounding areas. Pet dental care is an often overlooked part of animal healthcare and makes a huge difference in the life of your pet. For more information about pet dental care or to schedule a dental cleaning, call us at (252) 247-5595.