Veterinary Dentistry

Dental CleaningRegular dental care for your pet is about more than simply fresh breath and white teeth. It is an important piece of a preventive care regimen because numerous diseases can either originate or be exacerbated by poor dental hygiene and care. For this reason, Jamul Veterinary Hospital recommends that your pet's teeth get cleaned on a regular basis.

Why Dental Care is Important

Pets have dental disease just like you do. If left untreated it can often lead to larger systemic problems due to oral bacteria entering the bloodstream and damaging internal organs such as the kidneys, heart and liver. Many of these problems can be avoided by bringing your pet in for regular checkups and teeth cleanings.

Some signs of dental problems include:

  • Bad breath--one of the first signs of dental disease
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth
Dental Cleaning