Chicopee Pet Dental Care
Imagine never brushing your teeth. How would your teeth look? How would your mouth feel? Studies show that 75% of dogs and cats over the age of 3 have some form of periodontal disease. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause infection, pain and tooth loss over time. It can also lead to changes in the heart, liver and kidneys, and can cause serious health problems for your pet.
At Westover Animal Clinic, we are committed to our patients’ dental health and implement the highest dental care. We take a comprehensive approach to dental care including dental health, assessment, treatment and prevention. We have state-of-the-art dental equipment as well as digital x-rays to help diagnose dental disease that is below the gum line, therefore not always visible to the eye. During your pet’s annual wellness physical, we will assess you pet’s teeth and oral cavity, making recommendations for dental care as needed.
Oral Health Care
Many health problems start in our pet’s mouth. Plaque, tartar, periodontal disease and tooth decay serve as a source of inflammation and infection for the rest of the body. Dental disease is also a source of pain and discomfort. The comprehensive dental services at Westover Animal Clinic include teeth cleaning and polishing, tooth extractions, and minor oral surgery, all under safe general anesthesia for the comfort of your pet.
Just like us, regular professional cleaning is important to our pet’s health at any age. We use safe anesthetic drugs tailored to each patient, and modern ultrasonic dental equipment, where each tooth is clean above and below the gum line. Dental technicians polish each tooth to create a smooth, lustrous surface, more resistant to plaque buildup.
After the teeth are cleaned and polished and digital oral x-rays taken, your veterinarian will perform a thorough oral exam and check each tooth for any signs of dental disease. This will determine if any teeth need to be removed (extracted). Pain management is imperative during and after your pet’s dental procedure. This may include oral nerve blocks, injectable pain medications, and oral pain medications to be given at home. The majority of pets recover quickly following a dental procedure, and, once the gums have healed, they resume eating their regular food, even when multiple teeth are extracted.
Dental Disease Prevention
Your pet’s dental health is an important part of its overall health. Dental disease is the most common disease in cats and dogs in the United States. Dental health problems can lead to more serious conditions such as infections and heart or kidney disease. Many pets with untreated dental disease suffer from chronic pain and premature aging (often acting older then they should). Some symptoms which can indicate serious dental problems include bad breath, plaque buildup, gum irritation or redness, facial swelling, painful mouth and difficulty eating.