We Can Help Keep Your Pet’s Mouth Clean and Healthy
Since oral health has such a strong correlation to overall physical health, we take pet dental care very seriously here at Custer McDermott Animal Hospital. Pets’ oral hygiene is not maintained like it should be, either because their owners are unable to brush their teeth, or simply because they don’t think it’s a vital part of their healthcare regimen. Due to this oversight, many cats and dogs begin developing signs of gum disease at as early as 3 years of age, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Here in Plano, we take great care to emphasize the necessity of regular oral exams and dental cleanings. We perform many dental procedures for pets because it’s our mission to keep them as healthy as possible in every aspect. We also like to emphasize client education in home dental care practices, to help foster the human-animal bond and promote healthy habits.
Pet Dental Care Services
Our experienced veterinary team has all the necessary skills and advanced equipment to provide your animal companion with exceptional dental care here in Plano. Our dental services include, but are not limited to:
- Dental exams and consultations
- Oral cavity assessment
- Dental cleaning and polishing
- Dental radiology (for the evaluation of periodontal and endodontic disease, retained roots, missing teeth, oral masses, and mandibular fractures)
- Dental extractions
- Oral tumor excision
- Gingivectomy (removal and reshaping of diseased gum tissue)
- Periodontal treatment
- At-home dental care demonstration and instruction
Signs of Gum Disease
Bad breath alone isn’t always a sure indicator of gum disease, but it’s worth your concern. Other symptoms that could point to gum disease in your pet include:
- Red, swollen gums
- Loose and/or broken teeth
- Excessive drooling
- Difficulty eating/chewing
- Facial swelling
- Pawing at face and mouth
If you suspect that your canine or feline companion has a form of gum disease, please call our hospital as soon as possible to schedule a thorough assessment. The sooner we can catch gum disease in its initial stages, the sooner we can begin treatment.
Make Home Dental Care Part of Your Pet’s Daily Routine
Much of your pet’s health is our responsibility, but as the owner, it’s entirely up to you whether your pet receives the care they truly need. We strongly recommend brushing your pet’s teeth at home daily in order to slow the buildup of plaque and keep their mouth healthy. If your pet is still quite young, begin acclimating them to having their mouth handled—this will make brushing much easier down the road. If you have questions or need help brushing their teeth, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for help.