Dentistry

How clean is your pet’s mouth?

Keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy is about more than just preventing bad breath. A clean, fresh mouth can also keep plaque, bacteria and dental disease at bay. You can help your pet enjoy better dental health by bringing him or her in at least once a year for professional care. Northbrook Animal Hospital provides complete pet dentistry to support a healthy mouth for life.

We always recommend starting your pet on a preventative dental plan as early as possible. This includes bringing him or her in at least once a year to receive a thorough mouth exam. During that appointment, the doctor will check your pet’s teeth, both above and below the gum line. We will look for any signs of periodontal disease and decay to assess overall oral health. Then, we will perform a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and prevent further build up.

If, during the course of our exam, we identify any problems with your pet’s teeth or gums, we will determine the best course of action. Our team is skilled in advanced dental care, including tooth extractions, treatment of abscesses and minor oral surgery. The goal is to address oral health problems as early as possible to reduce their impact on your pet’s overall well-being.

Since your furry friend can’t tell you their teeth are hurting, here are some of the common signs that may indicate a dental problem:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Bad breath
  • Broken or missing teeth
  • Inflamed or bleeding gums
  • Obvious buildup of plaque and tartar on teeth
  • Dropping food
  • Sudden disinterest in chew toys
  • Obvious pain when touched near the mouth area

If you notice any of these things, schedule an appointment right away. Even if you’ve never paid much attention to your pet’s oral health, it’s not too late. The sooner we correct the problem, the better the outcome for your loved one.

From routine cleanings to advanced procedures to guidance on home dental care, we’ve got you covered. Don’t delay – schedule your pet’s next dental exam today!

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