Seven signs that your pet needs dental care
Just like humans, pets need regular dental checkups and treatments to maintain their oral health and overall well-being. Because animals hide signs of pain so well, it can be challenging to notice if their oral health is suffering. Look for these seven signs:
1. Bad Breath
If your pet’s breath consistently smells bad, it could indicate dental issues.
2. Yellow or Brown Buildup on Teeth:
Plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth leads to tooth decay and gum disease if left untreated, leading to more serious health issues.
3. Sensitivity Around the Mouth:
If your pet avoids having their face or mouth handled or is sensitive around their mouth, this could be due to dental pain.
4. Pawing at the Mouth:
Your pet may be expressing dental discomfort if they are constantly pawing at their mouth or rubbing their face.
5. Decreased Appetite or Difficulty Eating:
Dental problems can make eating a painful or challenging experience for your pet, which may result in weight loss or diminished appetite.
6. Swollen, Red, or Bleeding Gums:
A clear sign of gum disease in pets is inflamed or bleeding gums, meaning they need dental attention immediately.
7. Loose or Missing Teeth:
If your pet’s teeth are loose or have fallen out, this indicates advanced dental problems that require immediate attention.
If you observe any of these signs in your pet, please contact us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. At the Veterinary Dental Center of Atlanta, we want to help you ensure your pet’s continued happiness and well-being.
What Makes the Veterinary Dental Center of Atlanta So Special
The Veterinary Dental Center of Atlanta excels in dental and oral care for cats and dogs. Our dedicated, expertly trained team pays attention to even the smallest details. We use the latest technology and strict safety standards while performing your pet’s comprehensive assessment.
At VDCA, our passion for your pet’s dental care is combined with our passion for excellence in a welcoming environment where your pet receives individualized attention.
What to Ask to Ensure Your Pet Receives Proper Dental Care:
Does the dental cleaning include thorough cleaning above and below the gums to prevent serious dental issues?
Does the dental COHAT include a thorough oral examination with complete charting of any abnormal findings and treatments that were performed?
Are full mouth X-rays performed to detect hidden pain or diseases, allowing for immediate intervention if necessary?
Are dental X-rays ALWAYS taken after a tooth extraction to confirm there are no tooth roots left and that the bone is smooth?
Do you use human medicine-grade general anesthesia to ensure my pet’s safest and most comfortable experience?
Do you perform oral nerve blocks to reduce patient pain and allow for much lighter levels of inhaled gas anesthesia?
While under anesthesia, will my pet be placed on a warming pad and have a warming blanket over them to help regulate their body temperature?
Do you apply a barrier sealant at the base of the gumline to help prevent plaque buildup for 1-2 weeks after the procedure?
Will you provide preventative care guidance and education to help me maintain my pet’s dental health long-term?
What’s a COHAT? (Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment & Treatment)
Dr. Jodi explains in the video below.
Why is Anesthesia Necessary for Pet Dentals? Is it Safe?
Anesthesia is essential for the safety and effectiveness of your pet’s dental procedures. At VDCA, we prioritize your pet’s well-being with comprehensive dental care under anesthesia. Watch this short video to learn how we monitor your pet’s health and comfort during anesthesia.
Veterinary Dental Care is All We Do
We provide high-quality, low-volume dental care and oral surgery using advanced equipment and techniques.
We Treat Your Pets Like Our Own
Our highest standard of care ensures your pet’s safety, comfort, and happiness. We provide personalized attention to every pet, treating them as part of our family.
A Happier, Healthier Life
Proper dental care is crucial for both humans and pets. Tending to your pet’s dental needs before problems start can significantly enhance their overall health, their quality of life, and their longevity.
Trained by the International Veterinary Dentistry Institute (IVDI)
Our team has been expertly trained by Dr. Brett Beckman, board certified veterinary dentist, through the intensive IVDI program to provide exceptional dental care for your canine and feline family members. Our veterinary practitioners have nearly 80 years of combined experience.
Flexible Scheduling in Atlanta
Easily book your pet’s consultation and Dental COHAT (including comprehensive oral exam, dental charting, full mouth series dental x-rays, thorough cleaning above and below the gumline, and, if needed, treatment of any abnormal findings) at our convenient Atlanta location. We offer open availability and will always do our best to see your pet as soon as possible, often this means the same week that you call.
We welcome you to our state-of-the-art facility, where advanced technology meets compassionate care for your pet’s dental and oral health. Our clean, quiet and modern center is welcoming and comfortable for pets and their people.