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Frequently Asked Questions about Pet Dental Care in Hayward, CA
As a pet owner, you may have heard that cats and dogs need regular pet dental care in order to remain healthy and prevent potentially dangerous oral infections. Our Hayward veterinarian has taken the time to answer some of the questions we receive each day from our loving pet owners.
What is pet dentistry?
Pet dentistry involves examining your pet’s mouth, teeth and gums for abnormalities, gingivitis, periodontal disease, loose teeth, cavities and infections. If any infections, abnormalities or gum disease is detected, our veterinarian will recommend a course of treatment to correct the problem and restore your pet’s oral health.
What is a pet teeth cleaning?
A pet teeth cleaning is much like the cleaning you would receive from your dentist. It involves scraping all the plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth and below the gumline. This helps prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease as well as abscesses and oral infections that can be life-threatening.
How often should I have my pet’s teeth cleaned?
Our veterinary dentist recommends having your pet’s teeth cleaned at least once a year. You can schedule your pet’s first dental examination and teeth cleaning as soon as your pet is weened. Then, you will need to have your pet’s mouth examined and teeth cleaned at least once a year until he or she is a senior. Senior pets should have their teeth cleaned twice a year.
How do gingivitis and periodontal disease affect my pet’s health?
Gingivitis is characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily. If the gingivitis is not caught in a timely manner, it can progress to periodontal disease, which can cause gum and mouth infections as well as abscesses and loose teeth. If the gum and mouth infections are not treated, the bacteria can enter your pet’s bloodstream, causing a severe infection.
How can I tell if my pet has an oral health problem?
If your pet has an oral health problem, you may notice excessive drooling or drool that contains blood and puss. Your pet may also paw at his or her mouth and refuse to eat. You will also notice that your pet has extremely bad breath. If you notice any of these signs, you should schedule an appointment with our Hayward veterinarian.
Do you offer tooth extractions?
We do offer tooth extractions. If our pet dentist notices any loose or severely decayed teeth, they will need to be removed in order to preserve your pet’s oral and overall health.
You can schedule an appointment for pet dental care at our Hayward animal hospital by calling 510-537-1788.