Dental disease is one of the most common health issues we see. Unfortunately, it can have negative effects on the entire body, and causes significant quality of life issues, as most of our furry friends tend to suffer dental pain in silence. It is rare for a pet to stop eating because of dental pain. We’ve often been told how much younger a pet seems after having significant dental disease addressed.
- Dental disease signs include:
- Bad breath
- Brown or yellow deposits on the tooth surface
- Reddened gums
- If severe, mobile teeth may be noted
At Millstream Veterinary Hospital, we perform complete dental diagnostics and treatment under general anesthesia. This is the only way to ensure disease under the gumline is properly addressed. We also take digital dental x-rays (just like you and I have done in the dental chair) to fully identify any area of concern. A full cleaning and polishing is done by one of our Registered Technicians, and our veterinarians assess the whole mouth. Teeth that are significantly diseased and causing pain will be carefully extracted, leaving a healthy, pain free mouth.
A good maintenance program at home is key to keeping future dental disease away. Our team can help you choose the best methods that will work for your pet, from brushing to dental foods and treats.