Arlington Pet Dentist
Protecting Your Pet’s Oral Health
Dental care is often overlooked when thinking about healthcare for your pet. At Arlington South Veterinary Hospital, we take a holistic approach to your pet’s health, which includes ensuring that their mouths receive the same high-quality care as the rest of their body. After all, the most common disease in dogs and cats is periodontal disease. Our highly trained veterinary dentist in Arlington will make sure that your pet’s smile is as healthy as the rest of their body.
Periodontal Disease in Cats & Dogs
Periodontal disease is a common dental disease in cats and dogs. It infects your pet’s gums and the tissues surrounding their teeth. When it is left untreated, it can result in pain and loss of teeth.
Symptoms to watch for include:
- Bad breath
- Blood in your pet’s saliva
- Loose or missing teeth
- Difficulty eating
- Excessive drooling
If you notice any combination of the above symptoms, it’s possible that your pet is developing periodontal disease. Arlington South Veterinary Hospital can intervene before the disease develops further.
Plaque & Your Pet
Periodontal disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on your pet’s teeth. Plaque is a bacterial film that lives on the teeth of both animals and humans. When the plaque dies, it creates more surface area for even more plaque to build up. Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly can help remove and control plaque buildup. However, as plaque hardens, it becomes more and more difficult to remove with simple brushing, and at a certain point, even vigorous brushing won’t dislodge pervasive plaque. If the buildup moves below your pet’s gumline, this can cause infection and damage to the roots of their teeth. At this point, professional dental cleaning under anesthesia at Arlington South Veterinary Hospital is the only effective way to clean your pet’s teeth.
Dental Cleaning Under Anesthesia
In order to get your pet’s teeth as clean as possible, we will put your pet under general anesthesia in our surgical suite. We use similar tools to clean your pet’s teeth as those used by human dentists to clean the teeth of you and your family. Our Arlington veterinary dentist will first use scaling techniques to remove the plaque off the surface of the teeth. Once the plaque has been fully removed, we polish your pet’s teeth to a natural shine. Before we finish, we make sure that we apply an anti-plaque treatment, such as fluoride, to your pet’s teeth to help deter future buildup.
Aftercare and maintenance are important to protecting your pet’s teeth from future plaque buildup and infections. After your pet’s appointment, we can take the time to teach you best practices for caring for their teeth at home.
Very knowledgeable and friendly.- Rhonda
The doctor was informative and helpful.- Julie
I would never consider taking them anywhere else.- Sharon
For us, there isn’t any other veterinarians.- Rick
Best Vets ever.- Greg
Serving the Community Since 1993
Our Entire staff is Fear Free Certified
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