Pet Dental Care from Dr. Allen Bolt
Animals can't tell us directly when they have a dental problem. All they can do is vocalize when they're in pain, refuse to eat, or shrink away from a pat to the head. It's up to you to see that your beloved pet gets the regular dental care he needs to ensure many years of happy, healthy chewing. Fortunately, you can get plenty of help from our veterinarian at Animal Health and Medical Center in Abilene, Dr. Allen Bolt.
Dental and Oral Disorders in Animals
The teeth of dogs, cats, and other common household pets aren't that much different from those of humans in structure or function. This means that they're vulnerable to many of the same kinds of dental and oral disorders we may encounter in our own lives. For instance, it's all too easy for a tooth to break or crack under excessive strain or due to a blunt impact. These injuries can cause severe pain. They can also allow bacteria to enter the breach in the enamel, causing infection and abscesses of the tooth roots. Even a cavity can eventually create a problem of this magnitude. Oral cancer is another danger to your pet's mouth. This kind of disease can grow and spread quickly, with potentially fatal results.
Perhaps the most common dental problem faced by pets, however, is periodontal disease. This inflammation of the tissues surrounding the teeth will eventually plague most older pets, but poor dental hygiene can bring it on much earlier in life. Tartar buildup attracts bacteria, which triggers inflammation that destroys the gums and connective tissues.
Our Abilene Veterinarian Can Keep Your Pet's Mouth Healthy
The good news is that your pet can enjoy a healthier mouth with the aid of regular dental care at Animal Health and Medical Center. Our Abilene veterinarian recommends annual dental checkups for most pets, although some may be better served by two or more evaluations per year. During these exams, we can search for the earliest hints of oral cancer, periodontal disease, or oral infections, prescribing the appropriate treatment as needed to improve your pet's oral health. We also perform comprehensive dental cleanings under anesthesia. These cleanings rid your pet's teeth of tartar to discourage the bacteria that cause periodontal disease. We'll also instruct you on how to spot dental problems in your pet and perform home dental hygiene care.
Schedule a Visit to Animal Health and Medical Center
Don't let the state of your pet's mouth remain a mystery until serious problems have set in. Call Animal Health and Medical Center today at 325-695-7140 to schedule a dental checkup and cleaning with our Abilene veterinarian!