Pet Dental Care FAQs

Our veterinarians at Clay-Chalkville Animal Clinic understand that your pet's dental health is an important part of their routine healthcare. Unfortunately, dental exams are often overlooked by pet owners who don't know the benefits that it provides. Forgoing their oral care can lead to a wide array of health issues, including some that can threaten the life of your pet. If you live in or around Pinson, AL, contact Dr. Hart and Dr. Washington to schedule a pet dental checkup at Clay-Chalkville Animal Clinic.


How common are pet dental problems?

Dental problems are, unfortunately, a common issue with pets of all ages. It is estimated that about 2/3rds of dogs will suffer from periodontal disease after reaching the age of three. This common disease is uncomfortable for your pet, and can eventually result in other health problems, such as tooth loss and bacteria contaminating the bloodstream. If not addressed, periodontal disease can lead to liver, heart, and kidney damage.

What are the symptoms of dental problems?

Dental problems can occur without any symptoms, so waiting for them to appear isn’t recommended. With that said, some of the most common signs that your pet may experience are:

  • Foul breath
  • Loss of teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Problems chewing
  • Swelling of the jaw and/or face
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loose teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Excessive drooping
  • Becoming aggressive

Do not wait until these symptoms appear to have your pet's teeth checked. Some dental problems can be prevented or stopped in their tracks with early detection. That is why it is vital to your pet's health and well-being that he or she receives routine pet dental examinations.

What can I expect during a pet dental exam?

During the dental cleaning process, x-rays may be taken to check your pet’s bone health, as well as a thorough inspection of the teeth to look for signs of gum disease. To make it easier for your pet, the veterinarian will need to sedate it during the dental examination.

Why does my pet need to be sedated for dental cleanings?

Cleaning a pet’s teeth can cause undue stress. Sedating your pet will keep it calm during the dental cleaning, as well as prevent it from feeling the pain that may occur during the cleaning procedure. The dental cleaning process includes removing tartar and plaque from the teeth.

Book Your Pet’s Dental Exam in Pinson, AL

Our veterinarians recommend annual teeth cleanings and dental examinations. The dental exams are usually done during the annual pet wellness exams. If your furry friend has a history of dental problems, then the dental checkups will need to be more frequent. Call our team at Clay-Chalkville Animal Clinic today at (205) 681-1700 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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