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At Callfield Companion Animal Clinic, our veterinarian in Wichita Falls is proud to offer pet dental care for your dog or cat. From routine cleanings and exams to more in-depth dental procedures, you can always rest assured that your pet is in good hands at our clinic.
All pet owners should understand that regular pet dental cleaning and exam appointments are key not just to your pet's oral health, but his or her overall physical health as well. After all, did you know that some dental problems are closely related to cardiovascular problems? For example, just as with humans, gum disease has a strong correlation to heart disease in dogs and cats alike. In this sense, keeping on top of your pet's dental health can also help to protect your furry friend from more serious health issues down the road.
Of course, routine dental cleanings and exams also allow for the removal of plaque and other build-up that can lead to painful tooth decay and eventual tooth loss. Unfortunately, with cavities and tooth loss, your pet may be in a great deal of pain and may even have a hard time eating hard foods. And since cleanings can help prevent bad breath, you'll benefit from your pet having a clean mouth as well! It's also recommended that you brush your pet's teeth in between professional cleanings for best results.
Gum disease is the single most common dog and cat dental issues, with many pets having some form of gum disease by the time they're young adults. This disease occurs when plaque and tartar build-up occurs deep below the gum line, eventually causing a bacterial infection underneath the gums that eats away at the supporting jawbone structures. If left untreated, this can lead to permanent tooth loss for pets. The most common signs are bleeding and inflamed gums.
In addition to gum disease, many pets suffer from tooth decay when they aren't brought in for regular cleanings. Unfortunately, your pet may not be able to communicate to you when he or she is experiencing tooth pain related to decay, which is why regular exams are so important.
In our office, our vet is proud to offer a wide range of dental services, including exams and cleanings. If your pet has gum disease, we may recommend a deep cleaning to remove dangerous buildup below the gum line and prevent the disease from progressing. We can also treat tooth decay in our office and perform any necessary tooth extractions.
If your pet hasn't had professional teeth cleaning in the past year, now is a great time to schedule one with our veterinarian in Wichita Falls. You can reach our team at Callfield Companion Animal Clinic by calling (940) 692-7000.