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How healthy are your pet's teeth, gums and mouth? While you might be alerted to trouble by bleeding, swollen gums, foul breath, broken teeth or expressions of pain, many dental problems can lurk undetected -- and these problems can seriously threaten your pet's teeth and health. Fortunately, regular professional attention can go a long way toward preventing or resolving these issues. If you're looking for pet dental care in Antioch, Brentwood, Nashville or Franklin TN, look no further than the Antioch veterinarians at PetMed.
Your pet's mouth vulnerable to many of the same dental dangers as your own. The most common and worrying problem, periodontal disease, affects up to four-fifths of all pets age 3 and older. This inflammation of the gums is caused by bacteria that live off of the tartar (a rough, hardened substances that starts out as dental plaque) attached to tooth enamel. Periodontal disease gradually destroys gum tissue, the ligaments that hold teeth in place, and portions of the underlying jawbone, causing tooth loss. The bacteria can then travel from the mouth to the vital organs, causing serious damage there as well. Teeth cleaning for pets is therefore an essential aspect of our pet dental care in Antioch TN. Our vet team removes tartar above and below the gum line, discouraging bacterial infiltration for a healthier mouth. Professional teeth cleaning for pets is far more efficient at removing tartar than even the most skillful home tooth-brushing regimen.
Tooth extraction may be necessary for a tooth that is decayed, infected or badly damaged. The goal in tooth extraction is not only to relieve your pet of toothache pain, but also to protect the neighboring teeth from also becoming infected. A pet suffering from dental pain may refuse to eat, resist being touched near the face and head or avoid the company of others -- all signs that a tooth extraction may be in order.
Annual dental checkups are the smartest and easiest way to protect your pet from a variety of oral problems. Our Antioch veterinarians use x-rays and other diagnostic techniques to look for any signs of tooth decay or hidden abscesses, while also examining the teeth and gums for damage and disease. We also screen for oral cancer, a potentially disfiguring or even deadly disease that must be detected in its early stages so immediate treatment can be administered.
As your pets get older, they will most likely require two annual dental visits instead of one. This is because the risks of periodontal disease, cancer and tooth damage continue to rise with age. Senior cats may also experience a dental issues called tooth resorption. Our Antioch veterinarians can notify you when your pet starts to need senior dental care.
Your veterinarian in Antioch is ready to help your pet maintain optimal oral health. Call (615) 731-8074 to schedule pet dental care
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Would NOT go anywhere else. The staff are professional, knowledgeable and care deeply about the health and welfare of your pet. If you are looking for the best care for your beloved companion, PetMed is the place to go!