Veterinary Dentistry in Des Moines, WA
Protect Your Pet’s Smile with Outstanding Dental Care
Your pet’s mouth needs the same quality of care as the rest of their body. At Marine View Veterinary Hospital, we offer a full suite of dental services. We are American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited, which means we have both the training and equipment to ensure your pet’s oral health is well taken care of. During their routine wellness exams, your veterinarian in Des Moines will take a look at your pet’s mouth, teeth, and jaw. If we notice any issues, we may recommend additional dental services and we’ll let you know right away.
Periodontal Disease & Your Pet
The most common disease affecting cats and dogs is periodontal disease, a dental illness that involves the infection of the tissues that hold the teeth in place. It is caused by a buildup of plaque on the teeth. Plaque, a bacterial film, accumulates and hardens when it dies, creating additional surfaces for even more plaque buildup. Regular brushing can dislodge plaque and prevent the disease from taking root. However, if left untreated, the plaque can move below the gumline and cause infection, which can lead to pain, inflammation, and loss of teeth. More advanced stages of periodontal disease can result in permanent damage to the bones of the jaw.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Bad breath
- Blood in the saliva or water dish
- Difficulty eating
- Excessive drooling
- Loose teeth
If you notice your pet’s breath is smellier than usual, don’t wait! Bring them in to Marine View Veterinary Hospital for a checkup. We’ll make sure their mouth gets the treatment they need.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Once the plaque buildup moves below the gumline and infects the tissues surrounding your pet’s teeth, normal brushing won’t be enough to fully dislodge it. Professional dental cleaning under anesthesia is the only thing that will get your pet’s smile sparkling again.
At Marine View Veterinary Hospital, our surgical suite is fully equipped with the latest anesthesia monitoring technology to keep your pet safe throughout the dental cleaning. Your veterinarian in Des Moines will use tools similar to those used by human dentists to scale and polish your pet’s teeth, effectively removing plaque and restoring their pearly whites. We will also apply an anti-plaque treatment to protect your pet’s teeth from future buildup.
After your pet’s dental cleaning, our team will help you learn how to take care of your pet’s teeth at home. Maintenance is key to good oral health! It’s also important that you continue to bring your pet in for regular wellness exams so that we can keep tabs on their dental health.
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