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Dental Care for Dogs

At TLC for Pets in Reisterstown, gentleness and compassion are what we strive for when providing any service for our patients. Whether it’s a wellness exam, treatment for allergies, stomach issues, or a bone fracture, you can trust that your furry friend is in the best of hands with our experienced veterinary team.

Dental care

The Importance of Dental Care

Another area in which we take great care is in the oral health of your dogs. Proper dental care is vital not only for strong teeth and healthy gums but also for your pets' overall health. Long-term neglect of an animal's teeth can cause damage to vital organs. Swallowing bacteria from the mouth can also disrupt the natural balance in the gut, leading to digestive health problems.

The AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) recommends that dogs have a full dental check-up and cleaning at least once a year. However, sometimes there may be a need for extra visits. Read on for more information on dental health and your dog.

Signs Your Dog Needs a Dental Exam

If you notice any of these symptoms between dental exams, contact your vet for an appointment:

- Unusually bad breath

- Broken, chipped, or loose teeth

- Discolored teeth

- Signs of tartar buildup

- Drooling

- Difficulty chewing

- Dropping food from the mouth

- Loss of appetite

- Swelling around the mouth

- Bleeding from the mouth

Causes of Dental Problems in Dogs

The leading cause of oral health issues in dogs is periodontal disease, where the gums become inflamed and break down due to plaque and tartar buildup. Most dogs show signs of this by the time they are three years old if they don't receive proper care. Other causes include:

- Broken teeth or roots

- Abscesses or infection

- Cysts

- Misaligned teeth

What Happens at My Dog's Dental Check-Up?

Your vet will typically perform a general dental evaluation at your pet's wellness exam to check for any issues. They'll then schedule a separate time for a full dental check-up, which includes X-rays, a deep cleaning, polishing, and extractions (if necessary). You can expect that your pup will be placed under general anesthesia for their safety and that of the vet.

Contact TLC For Pets

Are you looking for a veterinarian near you? If you live in the Reisterstown area and your pet is in need of dental care or any other medical service, please don't hesitate to give us a call. Our friendly staff is happy to help!