Your Trusted Dog & Cat Dentist in Gastonia
Just as your smile requires extensive dental care to keep healthy and beautiful, so does your pet's. That's why it's crucial that you find a veterinarian with the experience and skills to meet your pet's dental needs. At Dickson Animal Clinic, we offer excellent dental services for dogs and cats, including teeth cleanings and gentle tooth extractions.
We've been a dependable dog and cat dentist in Gastonia for decades. Our team is committed to making your overall experience as simple as possible. We're happy to explain what our treatments entail and work to adjust our services around your budget. Call us today to schedule your next appointment!
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Does My Pet Need Dental Services?
Each year, countless pet owners prioritize other veterinary services over dentistry. As a result, simple dental issues become severe health problems that can jeopardize your pet's overall well-being. Our practice is committed to providing you with the information you need to understand why dental services are vital.
On average, dogs and cats with good oral hygiene live longer than pets with neglected smiles. In particular, gum disease can prove detrimental to your pet's health. Although gum disease is easily preventable, it can result in heart disease, liver infection, kidney infection, and stroke if left untreated.
Some of the reasons your pet needs regular dental checkups include:
- Avoiding tooth loss due to gum disease
- Improving bad breath
- Preventing damage to the brain, heart, liver, and lungs
- Helping your pet maintain oral functionality like biting and chewing
- Eliminating any pain or discomfort
How We Can Help
When you bring your pet in for their initial visit, we'll anesthetize them so that our veterinarian can conduct a throughout yet gentle oral exam. We can create a personalized treatment plan by carefully examining their teeth, gums, and surrounding structures. Our staff encourages you to ask questions about your plan as our team is happy to break down what to expect with each procedure and treatment
Some of the veterinary dental services we provide include:
Although your pet's mouth does a good job of cleaning itself, when they eat or drink, plaque can still form on the surface of their teeth. Plaque is a perfect carrier of bacteria that produce acids over time. These acids can destroy their teeth's enamel and lead to cavities and gum disease. In addition, plaque can form below the gum line and degrade their tooth's roots leading to tooth loss. When left untreated, plaque hardens and turns into tartar which is challenging to remove.
Our veterinary team has extensive experience addressing plaque and tartar through dental cleanings. We'll thoroughly clean your pet's teeth and remove any potentially harmful material.
One of our practice's primary objectives is to save as much of your pet's natural teeth as possible. However, when their teeth are severely decayed or damaged, it may be necessary to extract them. Whether your pet has one or multiple compromised teeth, our veterinarian can safely extract them and give your pet the relief they deserve.
Factors that can impact extractions include your pet's age and whether they already have multiple missing teeth. Following an extraction, we'll give you detailed aftercare instructions that include how your pet's diet may be altered to include less hard foods.
Gum disease negatively impacts your pet's quality of life and can lead to life-threatening health complications. That's why you must learn to spot the signs of gum disease, which include:
- Bleeding or inflamed gums
- Persistent Bad Breath
- Excessive Wealth Loss
- Discolored Teeth
- Decreased Appetite
- Thick Saliva
- Loose Teeth
If you notice one or multiple signs of gum disease, you should call our office immediately. We offer scaling and root planing to improve the health of their gums and save their natural teeth. Scaling and root planing is a combination of removing harmful material from their gums and then polishing the surface of their teeth. This helps their gums securely hold their teeth and create a seal that prevents food and debris from going below the gum line.
Veterinary Dental Services FAQs
It's normal for owners to have countless questions about our veterinary dental services. Our staff is here to answer your questions and give you the information you need to make educated decisions for your pet.
Some frequently asked questions include:
How common are pet dental problems?
Dental issues in pets are common. Even owners who clean their dog or cat's mouth regularly can sometimes struggle to prevent gum disease.
My pet isn't showing signs of dental issues. Should I still bring them in?
Yes. Various dental problems aren't overly noticeable. Our dentist will conduct a thorough oral exam to understand their smile's overall health better.
How often should my pet get dental cleanings?
Unlike humans, the frequency of dental appointments for pets varies depending on their age and individual temperament. However, we recommend that your dog or cat receive teeth cleanings once or twice a year.
A Friendly Gastonia Dentist for Dogs & Cats
At Dickson Animal Clinic, we understand the importance of your pet's dental health. That's why we provide excellent dental services, including cleanings and gum disease treatment. We look forward to meeting you and your pet and learning how we can help improve their dental and overall well-being. Call us today to schedule your next appointment with our Gastonia dog and cat dentist!
CALL US: (704) 824-9160 REQUEST APPOINTMENT