Pet Dental Care in Del Mar, CA
Why is dental care so important? Recent studies have shown that 70% of adult cats and 80% of adult dogs show symptoms of oral disease. In fact, most pet parents are not away that their pet is dealing with dental issues. Bad breath, plaque build-up, excessive drooling, sore or bleeding gums when eating or chewing, and decreased appetite are signs that your pet’s teeth may require veterinary attention.
Just as it’s important for you to see a dentist regularly, it’s important for dogs and cats as well. Your pet’s oral health is directly connected to their overall health. Signs of dental disease include bad breath, loose, broken or missing teeth, yellow or brown teeth, red, inflamed or bleeding gums, difficulty or pain when chewing, pawing at the mouth, and excessive drooling. If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact our team and we’ll be happy to help.
We are proud that we have the most up to date equipment to treat dental disease, including digital dental x-rays. This allows us to detect if there is any disease beneath the gum line that we would not be able to see otherwise. We are often able to see undetected abscesses, broken teeth, resorbed roots, retained roots, and more thanks to dental radiographs.
Signs of oral and dental diseases in dogs and cats include:
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Shying away from you when you touch around your pet’s mouth
- Drooling or dropping food
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Loss of energy, appetite or weight loss (this combination can be a result of many different diseases, so schedule an exam at Del Mar Heights Veterinary Hospital as soon as possible if your pet is exhibiting these symptoms)