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Dental Care FAQs in Antioch, TN

As your trusted local veterinarian in Antioch, TN, the team at PetMed is dedicated to providing the highest quality veterinary care for your family pets. With many years of combined experience and a dedication to preventative care, we work hard to educate families on the importance of pet dental health. Think it’s time to schedule a pet dental exam? Check out our handy FAQ.

Dog getting his teeth brushed at the dentist.

Why is Pet Dental Care Important?

Dental health is an important part of comprehensive veterinary services. Just like their owners, your pet’s teeth and gums should be examined and cleaned regularly to prevent common oral hygiene issues, disease, decay, and tooth loss.

What Are Some Common Pet Dental Health Problems?

Annual pet dental exams allow our Antioch veterinarian to catch potentially serious oral hygiene issues early on. However, if you notice any of the following symptoms, it is important to schedule a dental exam as soon as possible. Some common pet dental health problems include:

  • Bad breath
  • Retained baby teeth or extra teeth
  • Loose or broken teeth
  • Abnormal drooling, chewing or regular dropping of food from the mouth
  • Unexplained bleeding from the mouth
  • Pain and/or swelling in or around the mouth
  • Discoloration of the teeth or gums
  • Reduced appetite

What Can I Expect During a Pet Dental Exam?

Veterinary dentistry includes a wide range of oral health services to ensure that your pet has a healthy mouth. Some of the dental services we can provide for your pet include cleanings, adjustment or filing, tooth re[pair and extractions. During the pet dental exam out vet will exam the mouth and typically take X-rays as well to evaluate the tooth roots and jaw.

A thorough dental evaluation may require your pet to be put under anesthesia, as most dental diseases occur below the gumline. Dental cleanings are completed while your pet is under anesthesia and include scaling or the removal of tartar and plaque from the teeth and gums, and polishing.

Why is Preventative Veterinary Dental Care Important?

If left untreated common pet oral health conditions like plaque or tartar build-up can lead to more serious health issues. If your pet gets a cavity that isn’t properly taken care of they may experience serious health conditions like abscesses, cysts, and tumors in the mouth, periodontal disease and more.

Schedule a Vet Dental Appointment Today

Just like their owners, your family pets deserve the best oral care available. Want to learn more about the benefits of regular pet dental examinations? 

Call (615) 731-8074 or visit the team at PetMed online today to schedule an appointment.

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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!

Patty Wilson
Nolensville, TN

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