All Creatures Veterinary Center

Pet Dental Services in Carrollton, TX

Many pet owners overlook the importance of dental care for their pets. Just like humans, pets can develop dental problems that can lead to serious health issues if left untreated. Our team is proud to offer pet dental services to the dogs and cats of Carrollton, TX and surrounding areas.

Preventing Dental Disease in Pets

One of the main reasons why pet dental services are so important is because they can prevent dental disease. Dental disease is a common problem in pets, and it can lead to serious health issues if left untreated. Bacteria from dental disease can enter the bloodstream and affect vital organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys. This can lead to infections and even organ failure. By regularly taking your pet for dental checkups and cleanings, you can prevent dental disease and keep your pet healthy.

Signs of Dental Disease in Pets

It is important for pet owners to be aware of the signs of dental disease in their pets so that they can seek treatment as soon as possible. Here are some common signs to look out for:

  • Bad breath: One of the first signs of dental disease in pets is bad breath. If your pet's breath has a foul odor, it could be a sign of infection in their mouth.
  • Red or swollen gums: Healthy gums should be pink and firm. If you notice that your pet's gums are red, swollen, or bleeding, it could be a sign of gum disease.
  • Difficulty eating: Pets with dental disease may have difficulty eating or may avoid certain types of food altogether. This could be due to pain or discomfort in their mouth.
  • Loose or missing teeth: As dental disease progresses, it can cause damage to the teeth and lead to tooth loss. If you notice that your pet has loose or missing teeth, it could be a sign of advanced dental disease.
  • Excessive drooling: Excessive drooling can be a sign of many health issues, including dental disease. If you notice that your pet is drooling more than usual, it is important to have their mouth checked by a veterinarian.
  • Changes in behavior: Pets with dental disease may experience pain and discomfort, which can cause changes in their behavior. They may become more irritable, withdrawn, or may avoid being touched around their mouth.

Dental Examinations

To address dental issues and promote a healthy smile for your beloved companion, we recommend scheduling a dental assessment as part of your pet's annual wellness visit. During this assessment, our veterinarians will carefully examine your pet's teeth and gums to evaluate any damage and develop a personalized treatment plan.

Dental Cleaning

In addition to the annual dental examinations, we recommend yearly or twice-yearly dental cleanings. During the cleaning, our staff will use an ultrasonic scaler to remove the build-up on the patient’s teeth. This will help prevent periodontal disease, tooth decay, infections, and cysts or tumors of the mouth. We also perform full-mouth digital dental x-rays on all pets who are receiving a dental cleaning.

During the cleaning, your pet will be put under anesthesia for their comfort. This is necessary for two reasons. The first is that without anesthesia, it is impossible to inspect below the gumline, which is where most dental disease occurs. The second reason is for the safety of both the practitioner and the pet patient. The loud sound of the machine scares most animals when it is so up close, and we do not want this to result in a bite or emotional trauma for them.

Dental Cleaning Package:

  • Oral Examination
  • Administer IV Fluids
  • Vital signs Monitoring
  • Body Temperature Assistance
  • Full Mouth Digital X-rays: Cleaning
  • Scaling and Polishing the teeth
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Post Cleaning Examination and Diagnostics
  • Clean ears and Nail Trim
  • Post Dental Care
  • Home Care Instructions

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What is Veterinary Digital Dental X-Ray?

Veterinary digital dental x-ray, also known as digital radiography, is a form of imaging that uses digital sensors to capture images of a pet's teeth and surrounding structures. These images are then displayed on a computer screen, allowing our veterinarians to view and analyze them in real-time.

Why is Digital Dental X-Ray Used During a Dental?

Veterinary digital dental x-rays are an important tool in veterinary radiology. They allow our veterinarians to diagnose and treat a variety of dental and oral conditions, including:

  • Tooth Decay: Digital x-rays can detect tooth decay that may not be visible to the naked eye. This allows for early detection and treatment, preventing further damage to the tooth.
  • Periodontal Disease: Digital x-rays can also detect periodontal disease, which is a common condition in pets. This allows for early intervention and treatment, preventing further damage to the gums and teeth.
  • Oral Tumors: Digital x-rays can detect oral tumors, which may not be visible during a physical examination. This allows for early detection and treatment, increasing the chances of a successful outcome.
  • Jaw Fractures: Digital x-rays can detect jaw fractures, which may not be visible on physical examination. This allows for proper treatment and management of the fracture, reducing the risk of complications.

At-Home Pet Dental Care

Imagine going to the human dentist, but not brushing at home between visits. Although the dentist performed a professional dental cleaning, your dental health would still suffer. The same is true for our pet’s dental health.

On the same note, we understand that not all pets will be receptive to at-home brushing. To help make at-home care less stressful for both you and your pet, your veterinarian can recommend at-home dental care alternatives in the forms:

  • Dental treats
  • Dental chews
  • Dental rinses

While these methods are not quite as effective as brushing, they do help to clean the surface of the teeth and break down plaque build-up.

If you have a young pet at home, we recommend that you start brushing their teeth at home at a young age. This will help your pet be more comfortable and tolerant.

Importantly, never use human toothbrushes or other human dental products on your pet! Human dental products can inflict harm and be toxic to your companion animal. Ask our team for specific pet-safe dental product recommendations.

How to Brush Your Pet's Teeth

Brushing your pet's teeth may seem like a daunting task, but with the right technique and some patience, it can become a part of your regular routine. Here are some tips for brushing your pet's teeth at home:

  1. Start slowly - If your pet is not used to having their teeth brushed, it's important to start slowly and get them comfortable with the process. Begin by gently touching their mouth and teeth with your fingers, and gradually introduce a toothbrush or finger brush.
  2. Use the Right Tools - There are various toothbrushes and toothpaste options available for pets. It's important to use a toothbrush that is specifically designed for pets, as human toothbrushes can be too harsh for their teeth and gums. You can also use a finger brush, which fits over your finger and allows for more control and precision. When it comes to toothpaste, never use human toothpaste on your pet. It can contain ingredients that are toxic to animals. Instead, opt for a pet-friendly toothpaste that comes in flavors like chicken, beef, or peanut butter, which can make the experience more enjoyable for your pet.
  3. Choose the Right Time - It's best to brush your pet's teeth when they are calm and relaxed. Avoid brushing right after a meal or when they are feeling anxious or energetic. Choose a time when they are more likely to sit still and allow you to brush their teeth.
  4. Get in the Right Position - The best position for brushing your pet's teeth will depend on their size and temperament. For smaller pets, you can place them on a table or counter and stand in front of them. For larger pets, you may need to kneel or sit on the floor next to them. Make sure you have good lighting and can easily access their mouth.
  5. Brushing Technique - When brushing your pet's teeth, it's important to use gentle, circular motions. Start at the back of the mouth and work your way towards the front. Focus on the outside of the teeth, as this is where plaque and tartar tend to build up the most. Be sure to also brush along the gum line, as this is where bacteria can hide and cause gum disease.
  6. Reward Your Pet - After brushing your pet's teeth, be sure to reward them with praise and a treat. This will help them associate tooth brushing with a positive experience and make it easier for you to brush their teeth in the future

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