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Our Fountain Hills veterinarian offers pet dentistry, which can help you keep your pet's teeth and gums clean to prevent oral health diseases like gingivitis and periodontal disease. If you have never had your pet's teeth cleaned and your pet is three years or older, he or she may have the beginning stages of gingivitis or periodontal disease, which can cause swollen or bleeding gums, gum recession and tooth decay. If it is left untreated, your pet could develop cavities and serious infections that could travel from your pet's mouth into his or her heart and lungs.
Pet dental in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Tonto Verde and Rio Verde is very important for all dogs and cats. Family pets, like humans, are prone to developing gingivitis and periodontal disease if they do not receive regular teeth cleanings. The process of gum disease starts with plaque, which occurs when food particles mix with saliva. This provides the perfect habitat for bacteria, which can cause gum inflammation and bleeding. If the plaque is not removed from your pet's teeth, it hardens into tartar. As the plaque and tartar continue to build up on your pet's teeth, you may notice red, swollen gums, bloody drool and gum recession.
The best way to prevent oral infections, periodontal disease and gingivitis in your pets is to have their mouth, gums and teeth regularly examined and cleaned. This helps catch oral health problems before they start affecting your pet's health. Our veterinarian recommends scheduling yearly pet dental examinations for all dogs and cats. If you have a senior pet, our veterinarian recommends teeth cleanings every six months or sooner if you notice signs of an oral infection.
Our Scottsdale pet dental appointments always start with a thorough examination of your pet's mouth. This helps find any abnormalities or infections. Along with the examination, we may also take x-rays of your pet's teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy and to identify any problems below your pet's gum line.
Next, our veterinarian will perform a thorough pet teeth cleaning. This typically involves the use of anesthesia, which makes the procedure more comfortable and less stressful for your pet. It also allows our Scottsdale veterinarian to reach every section of your pet's mouth.
After your pet's dental examination and cleaning, our veterinarian would be happy to discuss home teeth cleaning options for your pet. There are numerous pet toothpastes and toothbrushes available that will help you keep your pet's teeth clean between professional dental cleanings. We can also recommend some dental chew toys and treats.
To schedule an appointment for a pet teeth cleaning, call us at 480-889-0881.