Dental Disease

Pet Dentistry Services at Sherbrook Animal Hospital

Dog with toothbrush in mouth

Every part of your pet's body is important to how he or she functions including his or her teeth. Your pet requires regular dental screenings to keep his or her teeth and gums healthy. This is vital to various aspects of your pet's health, which is why our veterinary specialist at Sherbrook Animal Hospital, serving Winnipeg Manitoba and the surrounding area, stresses the importance of bringing your pet in for routine dental care.  

Importance of Pet Dental Health 

Gingivitis and it's more serious form, peritonitis, can affect your pet's comfort and diet. Your pet may have difficulty chewing, which can affect your pet's ability to consume food and digest it properly. These oral health problems can even lead to your pet not eating to avoid the pain of chewing. Broken teeth can also lead to difficulty chewing. If your pet has an infection in the mouth, it's possible it can enter into the bloodstream and cause infection in the heart known as endocarditis. 

Dental Screening

You should bring your pet to the vet at least once per year for a routine examination including a dental screening. During the evaluation, our vet will perform a visual examination of his or her mouth using specialized tools. We may perform an x-ray to get a view of your pet's jaw and tooth root. The appointment also consists of a dental cleaning that reaches below the gumline to remove plaque and tartar. 

When you bring your pet in for an oral screening, your pet will be evaluated for bad breath, broken teeth, retained baby teeth, loose teeth, tartar and tooth discoloration. Your pet's mouth will be checked for drooling and issues chewing. Our veterinarian will check your pet for bleeding, pain or swelling in the mouth.  

Common Pet Dental Issues

Gingivitis is a common pet dental problem, which causes inflammation of the gums. As it progresses, it can cause peritonitis. Your pet could also have a broken tooth, which could be causing your pet discomfort. Pets develop plaque, just like humans. Plaque is the build-up of food and bacteria that collect at the gum line. When it mixes with saliva, it turns into tartar that leads to periodontal disease. This condition can lead to infection, tooth loss or bone loss. 

How a Vet Can Improve Your Pet's Oral Health

A vet has the potential to remove plaque and tartar, which have the potential to cause serious oral health issues. Our veterinary expert detects broken teeth and is able to fix them, so they don't cause your pet pain and discomfort. At your appointment, we're able to perform filings, adjustments, cleanings and repair. A vet also has the potential to educate you on how to properly take care of your pet's teeth at home. 

Taking care of your pet's teeth can keep your pet healthy for years to come. Contact Sherbrook Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment with our Winnipeg veterinarian.  Call us today at (204) 774-3544.

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