Our pets give us unconditional love and provide companionship. As a pet owner, it’s important that we provide them with dental care to ensure they stay our happy and healthy companions. At Lincoln Animal Hospital in Cypress, CA, we provide dental exams and cleanings to detect any dental problems early, prevent diseases from progressing, and improve your pet’s overall health.
Symptoms of Pet Dental Problems
If your cat or dog has any dental problems, he or she may exhibit a variety of symptoms. Some of these symptoms include:
● Bad breath
● Teeth covered in tartar
● Discolored teeth
● Loose or broken teeth
● Reduced appetite
● Trouble chewing
● Gum discoloration
● Inflamed gums, lips, or tongue
● Change in behavior
Causes of Dental Problems
Most dental problems start with plaque, which is a sticky coating that contains saliva mixed with food particles and bacteria. If it is not removed it will turn into tartar. The tartar can cause tooth decay and infection if left untreated. Some other causes of dental problems include the following:
● Broken teeth or roots
● Abscesses or infection
● Cysts or tumors
● Misaligned teeth
What to Expect During a Pet Dental Exam
Your pet's dental exam will usually start with a visual assessment. Our vets will look for any visible abnormalities. We may also take X-rays to check for cavities, root and nerve issues that may otherwise not be seen with a visual exam alone.
Anesthesia may be necessary to clean your pet's teeth and remove plaque or tartar. If we detect tooth decay during the exam, our vets will discuss any necessary steps we may have to take or treatments to prevent further complications.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
If you are concerned about your pet’s dental health, our team at Lincoln Animal Hospital in Cypress, CA, is happy to help. After a dental exam, we can offer treatment that will alleviate any discomfort and help your cat or dog feel better. To learn more about our services or to schedule your exam, contact our office at (714) 995-9200 today. When you’re seeking a veterinarian near me, we are happy to assist you!