Pet Dentistry in Tewksbury
Gum disease is one of the most common diseases seen in pets. In fact, it affects more than half of all dogs and cats by age 3. There are four stages of gum disease, and if the disease is allowed to progress to its most advanced stage, it can affect the internal organs, putting your pet’s life at risk. The good news is that there are ways you can lower or even eliminate your pet’s risk of dental disease. Shawsheen Animal Hospital takes a proactive approach to dental care because preventing dental problems is far less expensive than treating them. In addition to our professional dental services, you can help prevent gum disease by maintaining your pet’s oral health from home.
About Our Dental Services
Shawsheen Animal Hospital is committed to maintaining the best oral hygiene for your canine and feline companions with regular dental cleanings. Our Tewksbury pet dental services include:
- Comprehensive dental exams
- Ultrasonic scaling and polishing
- Digital dental X-rays
- Tooth extractions
Our state-of-the-art dental equipment ensures that your pet has a bright smile and fresh breath after every dental visit. Our facility also includes a new digital dental X-ray machine. This allows us to view below the gum line and properly determine if a tooth can be saved or if an extraction is needed. For your pet’s safety, we perform all dental services under anesthesia. We also require pre-anesthetic blood work so we can be certain that there aren’t any underlying health issues.
Signs of Dental Disease
We typically examine every pet’s teeth and gums during the annual or bi-annual wellness exam. If we find any areas of concern, such as the ones listed below, we typically recommend a more extensive dental exam and cleaning.
- Bad breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Loose teeth
- Brownish tartar buildup along the gum line
- Change in appetite
These are some of the most common signs that could indicate the presence of dental disease in your pet. If you’ve noticed any changes in your pet’s eating habits or behavior, which wouldn’t typically be detected during an exam, please be sure to bring it to our attention.