At Perkins Veterinary Clinic, we have provided residents of Perkins, OK, and Stillwater, OK, with pet dental care services for many years. Dental issues such as cavities and gum disease can lead to tooth loss and discomfort that reduces your pet’s quality of life. Dental issues can also prevent your pet from getting proper nutrition.
Pet Dental Problems
Gingivitis and gum disease are the most common pet dental problems. Gum disease occurs when plaque builds up along and below the gumline. The bacteria cause the gums to swell and can even lead to pockets forming between your pet's gums and teeth. In more serious cases, the bacteria will damage the jaw bone.
Cavities are holes or areas with decay that form when bacteria erodes your pet’s teeth. Dogs and cats are not consuming acidic or sugary foods, so the acid isn't wearing away at the teeth, and the sugar isn't feeding the bacteria. However, cavities can still occur.
While we do offer corrective treatments, prevention is the best treatment. That's why our veterinarian offers routine dental exams. During this time, our practitioner views your pet's teeth and looks for any signs of decay or gum disease. We can also check for oral cancers at this time as well. Based on the results of the exam, we can intervene with the appropriate treatment to prevent the problem from worsening. At your pet's appointment, we can also perform a dental cleaning to thoroughly clean your pet's teeth and reduce the prevalence of bacteria that can lead to gum disease. It's also a time to provide advice on how to properly care for your pet's teeth at home.
Treating Pet Dental Issues
The treatment depends on your pet's particular concern. If your pet has a severely decayed or damaged tooth, it may need to be pulled. A comprehensive cleaning finished with an antibiotic gel, may be necessary if your pet is suffering from gum disease. When you bring your pet to Perkins Veterinary Clinic, serving Perkins, OK, Stillwater, OK, and the surrounding areas, we can provide corrective and preventative dental care treatments, tailored to your pet's needs.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinariain for Pet Dental Care in Perkins and Stillwater, OK
Call Perkins Veterinary Clinic today at (405) 547-2442 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.