Portland Veterinary Dentistry
Happy Smiles for Healthy Pets
When you’re thinking about your pet’s health, it’s easy to forget about your pet’s teeth. Like humans, pets should receive regular dental care. At Pacific Veterinary Hospital, we make it easy by incorporating dental checks into your pet’s wellness exams. However, if your pet hasn’t been in for an exam for a while, your pet could develop periodontal disease. Periodontal, or dental, disease is the most common disease afflicting cats and dogs. Without treatment, periodontal disease can be painful for your pet, leading to infections or loss of teeth. Our Portland team provides a full suite of dental services, including teeth cleaning, to keep your pets smiling.
Don’t let your pet avoid the dentist. Make an appointment by calling (503) 905-9303 today!
Periodontal Disease & Your Pet
Periodontal disease is the most common disease in cats and docs. It is an infection that affects the gums of your pet’s mouth. If left untreated for too long, the infection can move below the gums and result in loose teeth or even impact the bones of your pet’s jaw. The disease starts with plaque, just like humans. Plaque is a bacterial film that builds up on the teeth. When the bacteria die, it solidifies on the teeth and creates more spaces for more plaque to build up. Brushing your pet’s teeth in the early stages of plaque build up can remove the plaque and prevent further problems from developing. However, if you’re not able to brush your pet’s teeth, or give them food or toys that can help remove plaque, the plaque will continue to build up and become tartar. At a certain point, professional cleaning is the only way to get rid of plaque and tartar that builds up above and below the gumline. After a professional cleaning is done this is often the best time to start a home dental care regimen.
How can I tell if my pet is developing periodontal disease?
- Your pet’s breath smells foul
- Your pet is having trouble eating or avoiding eating
- You notice blood in your pet’s saliva or water dish
If you notice any of the above symptoms, bring your pet into Pacific Veterinary Hospital for a dental evaluation! Our Portland veterinary team will be able to act quickly to get your pet’s smile healthy again.
Remember: regular dental exams and wellness checkups can prevent periodontal disease entirely!
Dental Cleaning at Pacific Veterinary Hospital
If your pet’s periodontal disease has progressed past the point of a simple brushing, we may recommend dental cleaning under general anesthesia. In our fully equipped surgical suite, our Portland veterinary team will monitor your pet throughout the duration of their cleaning. Your pet will be in good hands!
What happens during a dental cleaning?
- Scaling – We use tools very similar to those used by human dentists to remove plaque from your pet’s teeth
- Polishing – We use a special paste to polish your pet’s teeth back to a shiny, healthy smile
- Anti-plaque treatment – We do full mouth x-rays for every dental to help us identify bone loss and/or infection below the gum line
After your pet’s teeth are shiny and white again, we’ll help you understand the best practices for keeping your pet’s smile healthy for a long time.
Questions about dental care at Pacific Veterinary Hospital? Call (503) 905-9303 to learn more about the veterinary dental services we offer in Portland.
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