Houston Veterinary Dentistry
We Love Seeing Your Pets Smile
Dental care for your pets is an often forgotten, but very important, aspect of your pet’s overall health. Like humans, pets should brush their teeth regularly but it’s often difficult (if not impossible) for many pet owners to brush their pet’s teeth. The veterinary team at Clear Lake City Veterinary Clinic can help ensure your pet’s mouth stays healthy. We offer many dental services that will keep your pet smiling.
Don’t avoid the dentist! Keep your pet smiling with regular dental checkups. Call (281) 488-0789 to schedule a dental appointment with our Houston veterinary team today!
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection which affects the gums and, if left untreated, can cause damage to the jawbone. It is considered the most common disease in cats and dogs.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Loose teeth
- Difficulty eating
- Blood in the saliva or water dish
If you notice any of the above symptoms in your pet, it’s possible they may be suffering from periodontal disease. Our Houston veterinarians can help you get your pet back on the road to good dental health via regular checkups and dental care. We’ll help you learn how to take care of your pet’s teeth at home to avoid further damage to their mouth and jaw.
How Does a Pet Get Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease results from plaque spreading below the gumline. Pets get plaque on their teeth, just like humans. This bacterial film can build up without regular brushing and, as the bacteria dies and hardens, new plaque can build up on the dead bacteria, accumulating more and more until it spreads under the gums.
In the early stages of plaque buildup, brushing can help dislodge the plaque. There are even some toys that your pet can play with that will help dislodge plaque! However, once plaque moves below the gumline, professional dental cleaning is the only way to properly remove the buildup.
Dental Cleanings at Clear Lake City Veterinary Clinic
During regular wellness checkups, we’ll inspect your pet’s mouth and jaw. If we notice anything amiss, we may recommend further treatment. A professional dental cleaning requires general anesthesia in our state-of-the-art surgical suite. Your pet will be closely monitored throughout the cleaning process to ensure that they come out from general anesthesia safely.
Dental cleaning includes:
- Removing plaque
- Polishing teeth
- Anti-plaque treatment
After your pet’s dental cleaning, they will enjoy a healthier smile! To prevent your pet’s smile from fading, we recommend regular upkeep and checkups with our Houston veterinary dentists.
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