Dental Care and Services
Keep Your Pet’s Mouth Clean
Dental disease is an unfortunate reality for many of our beloved pets. Thankfully, Princeton Veterinary Clinic’s San Jose location can provide your pet with quality dental care. If your pet is experiencing tooth decay, it can lead to periodontal disease, tooth loss, and oral surgery. Dental diseases can also affect other areas of their health, especially their internal organs. Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in major organs.
Here are some common signs of dental diseases or dental issues:
- Bad breath
- Excessing drooling
- Loose teeth
- Broken teeth
- Pawing at the face
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Tartar on the teeth
- Changes in chewing or eating
Our dental services include ultrasonic deep cleanings, X-rays, and extractions. We recommend that you have your pet’s teeth checked at least once a year.
Preventing dental disease and home care
Starting your pet interaction with teeth brushing early can have a big impact on your pet’s overall health. You can additionally eliminate needless dollars spent caring for fixing dental problems that occur due to periodontal disease.
Start early introducing brushing your dog or cats teeth with finger brushes, pet toothbrushes, or specially designed dental wipes. Special pet tooth pastes are available in flavors such as beef, lamb, tuna and mint to be more appealing to pets. Never use human tooth paste as it can be toxic to your pet. Dogs may initially resist the brushings, but with a rewarding, gentle approach, most pet owners find they will have success if they are patient. Eventually some pets may see the flavored tooth paste as a treat. The best and most successful way to maintain an animal’s oral health between dental exams is routine daily brushing. When teeth are not brushed, a bacterial film known as plaque will grow and cause periodontal disease.
Treatment and Periodontal Disease
Unlike humans, most pets with dentals issues do not show signs they are in pain. This does not mean your pet is not in pain. Most dental conditions develop slowly over time and are more common is middle age and older dogs. Dogs commonly fracture teeth chewing on cage doors, chain-link fences and hard toys. Owners usually interpret a dog’s behavior as being grouchy, when the issue is really dental pain. Another sign can be a change in the pet’s appetite or eating habits due to trouble or pain associated with chewing food. Smaller breeds tend to develop dental conditions earlier than larger ones.
When a pet is brought into Princeton Veterinary Clinic in San Jose, an Oral evaluation and examination will be done. It is common that your pet may just have gingivitis. (Inflammation of the gums) There are times where anesthesia is necessary to do a more thorough exam or to do digital X-rays. Don’t worry, great care is done to make sure you pet is comfortable and safe. Today’s anesthesia is very safe due to modern techniques, close monitoring, and blood work prescreening. Examinations will look for signs loose teeth, swelling of the gums, deep pockets, broken or fractured teeth and plague buildup. After the cleaning, antibiotics maybe prescribed to prevent infection. Many clients tell report that their pet has new younger attitude after eliminating their pet’s dental issues.
If you would like more information or would like to make an appointment, call us at 408-264-3550.