Common Pet Dental Problems
Our veterinarians and the whole team at Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital in Fredericksburg understand that your pet’s dental health is important to their overall wellness. Continue reading to learn more about common pet dental problems and you can keep your pet’s teeth clean and healthy.
There are several pet dental conditions that can affect your best friend, some of which are very painful and can adversely affect overall health and wellbeing.
This advance form of an infected tooth is most found on a pet’s upper jaw just below an eye. Allowing a tooth to go untreated is not only painful to your pet but also can allow bacteria to access their entire body through the infected root canal.
A missing tooth or teeth can be a serious problem for many pets. Sometimes a tooth is not missing but rather hidden under the gumline. Such a tooth can cause serious problems and can only be detected with dental x-rays.
A broken or fractured tooth is very common among many dogs and cats. Sometimes a fracture is caused by a blow but often occurs during chewing hard objects,
Your vet knows that while bacterial cavities (called caries) are rare in most animal patients, they do occur in dogs (most commonly among German Shepherds).
While uncommon in cats, these are not unusual in dogs. When a dog’s jaw does not align properly, the problem may be only cosmetic but can cause damage to the gums, lips, palate, and teeth.
Other Pet Dental Problems
- Discolored Teeth
- Tooth Resorption
- Retained Deciduous (Puppy) Teeth
- Worn Teeth
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Your pet should have their teeth professionally cleaned in order to keep their teeth healthy. We thoroughly remove tarter and plaque from your pet’s teeth with ultrasonic scaling and hand scaling. To avoid discomfort for your pet all our dental procedures are performed with the same inhalation anesthetics and careful monitoring techniques that we use for all our surgical patients.
Call us to learn more about the pet dental services we provide or to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian.
2301 1/2 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Fredericksburg VA 22401