Dentistry

Imagine how your teeth would look and feel if you never brushed them or saw a dentist. Sadly, this is a reality for many companion animals. In fact, the vast majority of dogs and cats already suffer some type of dental problem by the time they reach just 3 years of age, making dental disease the most commonly diagnosed medical condition in veterinary medicine today.

Without regular dental care, plaque can build up on the teeth and below the gumline, inviting bacteria to flourish in your pet’s mouth. Eventually, this bacteria can lead to periodontal disease, which can spread infection throughout your pet’s entire body to the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys, and potentially even shortening his or her life. The good news is this can all be prevented through ongoing dental care, both professional and at home.

Alpine at Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital offers complete pet dentistry services, both routine and advanced, to manage your companion’s oral health. Our hospital is outfitted with the most up to date dental care equipment available, and our staff is highly trained and experienced in handling even the most complex cases of pet dental problems.

Our preventative care services include comprehensive examinations of the teeth and gums, as well as thorough cleanings and polishings to remove plaque and tartar and prevent future buildup from occurring. We recommend bringing your pet in at least once per year to have their oral health managed. Should it be determined that your pet requires more advanced services to treat and manage existing oral health problems, our advanced pet dental care includes everything from root canals and crowns to orthodontic treatments and minor oral surgery, as needed. Even if you’ve never given your pet’s oral health a second thought, it’s never too late to start!

Along with our professional pet dentistry services, we’ll also work with you to show you how you can help your pet maintain healthy teeth and gums at home, in between vet visits. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be happy to perform demonstrations of home brushing techniques, and provide advice and guidance on certain products, such as pet food, toys and dental chews, that you can use at home to support good oral health.

Some of the signs of dental problems in animals include:

  • Bad breath
  • Broken or missing teeth
  • Teeth that are yellow or brown in color
  • Red, swollen or bleeding gums
  • Changes to eating and/or chewing habits
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Pain when touched around the mouth area

If you notice your pet exhibiting any of these signs, even if you’re already committed to an annual dental care schedule, give us a call right away to schedule an exam. The sooner we catch the signs of a dental problem, the better the chances of a positive outcome for your pet.

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