Pet Dental Care in Wilkesboro
Dental health is one of the most overlooked--and important--aspects of veterinary care. At Animal Hospital of Wilkes, we help pets maintain their pearly whites as part of a well-rounded health program. It's our goal to prevent issues like cavities, gingivitis, and other issues for all of our cat and dog patients.
By age 3, most pets are already on their way to having dental disease. Don’t let your pet be one of them.
I have always taken my pets here and had good quality care from all of the staff that I have seen. I appreciate everyone taking the time to answer my questions and taking good care of my pets.
- Jamie M.
Signs of Dental Issues in Pets
Many pet owners know that bad breath can be a sign of dental issues. Other, less-known symptoms to look for include:
- Yellow/brown residue along the gum line
- Inflamed gums
- Drooling excessively and often
- Unable to hold onto food
- Irritability, sleeping more often, and not wanting to play
- Blood-tinged saliva
- Pawing and rubbing at mouth
How We Diagnose and Treat Dental Disease
Dental disease includes issues like gingivitis (swollen gums) and loose teeth caused by infected gum tissue. As you can imagine, these conditions leave pets uncomfortable, unable to eat properly, and more at risk for heart, liver, and kidney disease. To diagnose and treat dental disease, we take a thorough approach by conducting an oral exam to reveal telltale signs of dental disease.
If your pet needs to have their teeth cleaned, we:
- Perform all dental procedures with the patient fully sedated. This allows us to examine your pet’s mouth, tooth by tooth, and look for anything abnormal.
- In the dental procedure itself, we remove plaque and tartar via scaling and polishing the enamel smooth. By removing buildup on the teeth, we’re also removing harmful bacteria.
- If your pet has loose, decayed, or broken teeth, these will need to be extracted to improve their health and comfort.
Preventing Dental Disease at Home
Teeth brushing benefits pets just as much as it benefits humans. Our advice? Start your pet early in life and, before long, brushing their teeth daily will become a habit. If brushing isn’t possible for one reason or another, contact our animal hospital at (336) 838-3441 for recommendations. We offer many options to keep your pet’s mouth healthy, from dental chews to tartar-control diets.