Have you ever tried brushing your pet's teeth? Did you know that it can play a role in helping your pet live longer? Pets benefit from daily brushings and other dental treatments just like we do, but they rarely receive that level of care. Thus, to better educate owners and maintain their pet's health, our veterinary team in Houston is diligent about promoting dentistry and offering viable solutions. Additionally, dogs and cats that receive consistent dental care can live several years longer than those that do not.
Also, it is important to note that more than half of all cats and dogs will develop gum disease by age three. Committing to a sensible dental care regimen can easily prevent the onset of gum disease. However, it is also one of the most common conditions affecting our pets today.
Our Dentistry Services
The dental services we offer at our animal hospital can both treat and prevent a variety of problems in the oral cavity. These include:
- Dental radiography to check for fractures, decay, and other issues below the gum line
- Ultrasonic scaling to remove stubborn tartar and calculus from the tooth surface
- Mechanical teeth polishing to smooth the surface of each tooth
- Fluoride treatment to protect teeth from future plaque and tartar buildup
- Sealant application to provide a barrier against bacteria
- Perioceutic (antibiotic) therapy to prevent infection in the pockets around the teeth
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease can occur when calculus (tartar) on the tooth surface spreads under the gum line and secretes harmful bacteria. This can lead to painful infection and tooth loss, along with diseases of the heart, kidneys and liver if bacteria enters the bloodstream. The best way to keep your pet free of gum disease is through prevention, or recognizing the early signs and seeking immediate treatment. These signs can include:
- Swollen, bright red gums
- Excessive, uncontrollable drooling
- Loose, broken and/or discolored teeth
- Facial swelling
- Difficulty holding onto food
- Altered behavior
- Pawing/rubbing at the face and mouth
- Bad breath
At-Home Dental Treatments
Want to build an effective dental care program for your pet? Come and see us! We can offer teeth brushing demonstrations, product recommendations and more to either get you started, or help you get back on track. We're pet owners, too, and we know how important it is to have the encouragement and support of a capable veterinary team. Our hospital carries an extensive line of the highest-quality oral care products, including special diets, chews, antiseptic rinses and brushing supplies.
To establish a customized treatment plan for your pet or schedule an oral exam, call us today at (713) 524-3800!
Just the kindest, pet centered vets in town! They have been so responsive and so helpful...plus they treat exotics. Nice to have one place for all of our animals - Dachshund, Lab, Great Pyrenees and our Flemish Giant rabbit.
Brought my bearded dragon as a first time visitor. The staff was so nice and helpful! I felt very comfortable. The doctors and assistants were also knowledgeable and took time to make sure I was providing the right care for my Tomo.
The staff is amazing here. They helped get my #1 back to his normal, healthy self. Everyone of was kind, helpful, and attentative. 10/10 would recommend.
I also love that you treat so many kinds of animals! We have taken you ferrets, a chicken, a pot bellied pig and ofcourse, dogs. You have done an excellent job with all. I would (and do often!) heartily recommend this clinic. Thank you being so good at your job!
Took our Berber Skink in this weekend and was totally impressed by the caring staff. Dr. Jordan did a great job in diagnosing Skittles' problems. Kim was very patient in explaining what we needed to do to bring him back to health. We would highly recommend them for all your pet family members.
Extremely professional staff, yet personable. Genuine care and concern is something that I noticed on my first visit, which will keep me coming back.
I took my lionhead dwarf rabbit for an initial wellness checkup today and loved Dr. Jordan and Kim! I'm glad to have established Kiki's care here and highly recommend Animal Medical Center of the Village!