Veterinary Dentistry in Lexington
Keep Your Pet Smiling for Years to Come
Your pet’s oral health is just as important to their overall health and wellbeing as the rest of their body. Oral health is easy to forget about, even for the most devoted pet parents. At North Davidson, we support your pet’s oral health with a broad range of dental services, from cleanings to extractions. Our Lexington veterinary team will help you keep your pet’s teeth sparkling!
During your pet’s annual wellness exam, our veterinarians will examine your pet’s mouth as part of their overall physical exam. We’ll be able to determine whether your pet needs advanced oral care. We’ll be with you every step of the way to a healthy, happy smile for your pet.
Periodontal Disease: What It Is & How It Affects Your Pet
The most common disease afflicting cats and dogs is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a dental disease that arises from an excessive buildup of plaque on your pet’s teeth. Like humans, pets can experience plaque buildup if their teeth aren’t brushed regularly. Plaque is a bacterial film that hardens on the teeth when it dies, providing additional surface area for even more plaque to accumulate.
Because many pets don’t have their teeth brushed regularly, the progression of plaque buildup can begin to cause health issues, especially once the plaque moves below the gumline. At this point, only a professional dental cleaning under anesthesia can properly and completely remove the plaque from your pet’s teeth.
If your pet is exhibiting any combination of the below symptoms, it could be a sign of periodontal disease:
- Unusually smelly or stinky breath
- Difficulty or avoiding eating
- Bloody saliva or blood in your pet’s water dish
- Excessive drooling
- Loose or missing teeth
Dental Cleaning at North Davidson
When your pet needs a professional dental cleaning, the Lexington veterinarians at North Davidson are here to help. We have a fully equipped surgical suite to accommodate your pet and ensure that they are carefully monitored throughout the procedure.
Dental cleaning for pets looks very similar to dental cleaning for humans, with the exception that your pet will be placed under general anesthesia. Once your pet is safely asleep, we’ll use tools similar to those used by human dentists to scale and polish your pet’s teeth, completely removing plaque buildup. After your pet’s teeth are clean, we’ll apply an anti-plaque treatment to their teeth to deter future buildup.
After your pet’s dental cleaning, our veterinarians will help you learn how to care for your pet’s teeth at home. Maintenance is the key to your pet’s ongoing oral health! Our goal is always to keep your pet happy and healthy for many years to come.
“The kindess and quiet dignity of NDVH can not be duplicated anywhere else. Staff knowledge is balanced with common sense and love.”- Jamie B.