Dental Care

Dental CareRegular dental care for your pet is about more than simply fresh breath and white teeth. At Town & Country Animal Hospital dental care is an important piece of a preventative care regimen because numerous diseases can either originate or be exacerbated by poor dental hygiene. For example, advanced dental disease can affect other bodily functions such as those in the liver, kidneys, heart and nervous system.

The good news is that prevention is easy. Town & Country Animal Hospital offers thorough dental cleanings as well as other veterinary services such as root canals, extractions, crowns, braces to correct bite defects, tartar scaling, gingivitis and periodontal assessment, radiographs (X-rays), and more.

Dental care does not begin and end with a visit to our office. You need to continue your veterinarian's good work at home by regularly brushing your pet's teeth as part of a home dental care regimen. Any member of the Town & Country Veterinary Hospital team can show you the proper brushing method.

We also carry a wide array of products specifically designed to help your home dental care efforts.

Why Dental Care is Important

As noted above, dental problems are easily prevented, but if left untreated, they often lead to larger systemic problems due to oral bacteria entering the bloodstream and damaging the kidneys, heart, nervous system and liver.

Dental Care

Therefore, it is important for you to know what the signs of dental disease are. These include:

  • Bad breath-one of the first signs of dental disease;
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line;
  • Red and swollen gums;
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched;
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating;
  • And loose or missing teeth.