Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you went days, weeks, months or years without brushing your teeth. You’d probably be in a lot of pain, and your teeth and gums would be a mess.

Sadly, this is a reality for many of our animal friends and the results are just as bad. In fact, statistics show that by the time a dog or cat reaches the age of 3, he or she is likely already suffering from some type of oral health problem – from bad breath and tooth loss to dental disease. Dental disease is a serious condition that does not just affect the mouth, but can also spread infection throughout the entire body, and even shorten your loved one’s lifespan.

The team at Fullwood Animal Hospital would love to help your pet beat the odds and enjoy a clean, healthy mouth for life. We offer full service, professional pet dentistry, from routine preventative care to the advanced treatment of existing oral health problems. We’ll also show you certain measures that you can take to help your loved one maintain good dental health year-round, in between vet visits.

Our hospital features a state of the art dental suite where your pet’s oral health will be our top priority. We recommend a comprehensive dental exam at least once per year, including a thorough cleaning and polishing of the teeth, both above and below the gum line. Should it be determined that your loved one is already suffering from an existing oral health problem, we are prepared to manage and treat the problem as needed – up to and including extractions and oral surgery.

We’ll also provide you with guidance, advice and demonstrations of proper home dental care techniques that you can apply year-round to help keep plaque and tartar at bay and prevent against the onset of dental disease. This includes daily brushing as well as the use of certain products – such as food, treats and toys – that are specially designed to support good dental health in companion animals.

Some of the more common signs of a dental problem in a pet include:

If you’ve noticed any of the signs or symptoms, it’s time to schedule a professional dental exam. Even if you bring your pet in regularly for dental care, oral health problems can crop up at any time. The sooner we can identify and address a problem, the better the outcome for your pet.

Don’t let your loved one become a statistic. Let’s work together to have that little guy or gal smiling pretty for many years to come!