Scottsdale Veterinary Dentistry
Caring for Your Pet’s Smile
An essential part of your pet’s overall health and wellbeing is their dental health. At McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital, we provide the same high quality, compassionate care for your pet’s mouth as we do for the rest of their body. We are an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited clinic offering a full suite of dental services for the benefit of your pet, including full mouth dental x-rays to quickly get to the heart of a dental issue. We’ll keep your pet’s smile happy and healthy for years to come!
Fighting Dental Disease with Regular Care
Surprisingly, the most common disease afflicting cats and dogs is dental, or periodontal disease. This refers to an infection of the tissues that holds the teeth in place and is often overlooked by even the most attentive pet owners. When left untreated, periodontal disease can progress to cause permanent damage to your pet’s teeth, gums, and jaw.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Blood in saliva or water dish
- Bad breath
- Difficulty eating
- Loose teeth
- Pawing at mouth
If your pet is exhibiting any combination of the above symptoms, give your Scottsdale veterinarian a call! We can schedule a wellness exam to take a peek at their oral health and make sure that your pet’s mouth is taken care of.
How Does Periodontal Disease Develop?
Periodontal disease is caused by an accumulation of plaque, a bacterial film, on the teeth. In humans, we brush our teeth regularly to dislodge plaque and keep our teeth clean. Unless you’ve been brushing your pet’s teeth regularly as well, the plaque can die and harden on the teeth, creating more surface area for plaque to accumulate. As time goes on and more plaque accumulates, the plaque can move below the gums and cause infections of the tissues holding your pet’s teeth in place. At this point, regular brushing won’t be enough to properly clean the teeth; a professional dental cleaning under anesthesia is the only thing that will get your pet’s properly clean again.
Dental Cleaning at McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital
We boast a surgical suite equipped with the latest anesthesia monitoring equipment to keep your pet safe while their teeth are being cleaned. Our veterinary team will scale and polish your pet’s teeth using tools similar to those used by human dentists.
After your pet’s teeth are shining again, we are here to help you learn how to care for your pet’s teeth at home. We’ll give you tips and recommendations for brushing your pet’s teeth, or providing specific toys or foods that can help deter plaque buildup.
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