Regular dental care for your pet is about more than simply fresh breath and white teeth. At Companion Pet Clinic of Scappoose 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. It is estimated that around 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats more than three-years old have some form of the disease.
The good news is that prevention is easy. Companion Pet Clinic of Scappoose offers thorough dental cleanings as well as other veterinary services such as extractions, tartar scaling, gingivitis and periodontal assessment, radiographs (X-rays), and more.
Dental care does not begin and end with a visit to our office. We carry a wide array of products specifically designed to help your home dental care efforts including toothbrushes and toothpaste, water additives and dental chews.
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.
Therefore, it is important for you to know what the signs of dental disease are.
Some Signs of Dental Problems 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
- Loose or missing teeth
Feel free to contact us today at 503-543-6464 if you have any questions about dental health or the services we offer.
Before & After
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