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Why Dental Hygiene is Important for Pets

By October 11, 2018April 7th, 2022No Comments

Dental hygiene is key to the health of your pet. Oral disease, or periodontal disease, is extremely common in dogs and cats and can cause, or be caused by, additional health problems in your pet. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria and left untreated can affect the kidneys, liver, and heart, resulting in significant health problems. The team at Village Veterinary Clinic is dedicated to helping pets in Burke, VA maintain their dental and overall health.

Dental Exam

When you bring your pet in for an exam, our doctors will check for oral disease in your pet and if necessary, make a recommendation for a more thorough exam including a dental cleaning and often dental x-rays — done under general anesthesia — to better evaluate the condition of the teeth, gums, and jaw. It’s important to take care of your pet’s dental hygiene in a timely manner. Early screening can help prevent advanced periodontal disease.

During a dental exam, our veterinarians will check below the gums where 60 percent of the tooth lies. In addition to periodontal disease, we check for the same sorts of problems humans have with their teeth, such as broken teeth and roots, abscesses, tumors, misalignment, bone resorption, and palate defects, to name a few.

Checking for Oral Disease

How can you tell if your pet has periodontal disease? The easiest way is to smell his or her breath. Swollen or tender gums will often cause your pet to have difficulty eating, avoid chewing or display obvious signs of pain while eating. Look at your pet’s teeth for tartar, broken or missing teeth and inflammation or bleeding of the gums. If you suspect your pet needs dental hygiene, call us at Village Veterinary Clinic to schedule a checkup.

Contact Village Veterinary Clinic in Burke, VA For Help!

The most important part of preventing oral disease is regular pet dental exams by your veterinarian. Home dental care is also very important. We have several easy-to-use dental products that can help your pet maintain good oral health. Complete pet dental exams need to be done under anesthesia for the comfort and safety of your pet. At Village Veterinary Clinic, we are committed to the health of your pet. Call us at 703-978-8655 to schedule an appointment today.

COVID Notice

When you arrive for your appointment, please call our office at 703-978-8655. At this time, we require anyone visiting the office to be fully vaccinated and properly wear a mask. Additionally, we ask that only one person accompany their pet.

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