Walton Way Veterinary Clinic offers routine cleaning, polishing, and tooth extractions for pet owners in Augusta, Evans, and Martinez, Georgia, in addition to North Augusta, South Carolina.
Our experienced veterinarians recommend initiating regular dental cleanings and exams when your pets are young to prevent the development of periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease in pets begins with bacteria in the mouth that hardens and forms plaque in the same way that it does in people.
If not removed during routine checkups and cleanings by your veterinarian, the bacteria will accumulate, harden into tartar, and can lead to the development of periodontal disease (disease of the structures around the tooth such as the gums, bone, and connective tissue). In addition to problems with teeth and gums, once periodontal disease is established, the constant exposure to bacteria can possibly cause damage to major organs of the body such as the heart, liver, and kidneys.
The doctors at Walton Way Veterinary Clinic recommend initiating regular dental cleanings and exams when your pets are young to prevent the development of periodontal disease. Routine checkups and cleanings from your veterinarian are key factors in keeping your pet healthy and avoiding dental problems before they affect your pet’s overall health.
Brushing your pet’s teeth in between cleanings and supplying them with oral hygiene chews are additional preventive measures.
If you notice your pets illustrating the following symptoms, they may be suffering from periodontal disease and should be evaluated:
- • Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- • Bad breath
- • Bleeding from the mouth
- • Broken or loose teeth
- • Gum recession and/or gum swelling
- • Pain in or around the mouth
- • Pawing at the face or mouth
- • Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- • Swelling of the face
- • Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- • Weight loss
Call Walton Way Veterinary Clinic today, if you live in the Augusta metropolitan area, to schedule an appointment for your pet’s dental care.