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Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic Pet Dental FAQ

If you have questions about pet dental care here at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton, GA, we can answer them. If you do not see your question in our FAQ, just call us at 770-479-1905.

Common Pet Dental Care Questions

Why does my pet need dental care?

Pets are much like humans when it comes to the need for proper and regular dental care—and the risks associated with not getting it. If the buildup of plaque on the teeth and gums is not brushed away daily, it becomes hard tartar. Tartar cannot be brushed away; only a veterinary dental cleaning can remove it. If your pet has growing tartar buildup, bacteria will proliferate there and damage the teeth and gums. This bacteria can even enter the bloodstream and hurt internal organs if not stopped.

What is periodontal disease in pets?

This is one of the most common health problems for pets in Canton. Pet periodontal disease is the damage that happens due to the bacteria inflaming the gums, working its way down into the bones that support the teeth. 80% of pets have this problem.

What are the symptoms of pet periodontal disease?

Many pets show no overt symptoms of dental disease, making a regular checkup very important for catching problems before they become dangerous. But these are the most common ones we see at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic:

  • Foul breath
  • Swollen, bleeding gums
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Loss of appetite or apparent pain when eating or drinking
  • Blood on bedding or chew toys
  • Excessive drooling

How often do pets need a professional dental cleaning?

Our Canton veterinarians agree with the AVMA that pets should have a full pet dental exam and cleaning at least once a year—more often if there are established problems that require ongoing care.

How often should I brush my pet’s teeth?

Drs. Good, Stewart and Alleyne all recommend that you brush your pet’s teeth once a day. Try doing it in the evening when everyone is calm and make sure to be consistent.

What kind of toothpaste should I use to brush my pet’s teeth?

Our team here at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic can recommend several brands of toothpastes formulated specifically for dogs and cats. They come in flavors like tuna, peanut butter, poultry and other pet-friendly flavors. But never use human toothpaste on your pets as it can cause stomach upset.

Will my pet need to go under anesthesia for a dental appointment?

Yes, because we need to use sharp dental tools and be able to inspect all around inside of your pet’s mouth. Even the calmest pet will have difficulty allowing this level of inspection and handling inside of his or her mouth. We use the same safe and stringent anesthesia procedures that we use for pet surgery.

If you have any other questions or need to schedule a pet dental appointment please contact us at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton, GA today: 770-479-1905.