Pet Dental Care Keeps Mouths Healthy
Have you ever tried brushing your pet’s teeth? It may not be pleasant for you or your pet, but it should be a part of their daily routine. What you think is just bad breath could be a sign of something more serious! At City Line Veterinary Center in Moline, we see many pets with gingivitis or gum disease in varying stages. Pets as young as two years old can be affected, which is why we recommend a daily teeth-brushing routine for all of our patients. Your veterinarian can help you manage your pet’s oral health with lifestyle advice, product suggestions, and a projected schedule for professional dental cleanings. Never hesitate to come to us for help!
Our Dental Services
To keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy from one year to the next, we provide the following pet dental care services:
- Annual oral exams
- Digital dental X-rays
- Pre-dental bloodwork
- Professional dental cleaning with ultrasonic scaler
- Polishing to smooth surfaces of the teeth and slow plaque buildup
Pets should undergo full-mouth X-rays and an oral exam at least once a year so our veterinarians can fully assess their oral health. These procedures, along with scaling, must be performed while your pet is under anesthesia to ensure their comfort and safety.
Before anesthetizing your pet, we perform pre-dental bloodwork to make sure they can metabolize the anesthetic with minimal risk.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an extremely common, inflammatory condition that can affect not only your pet’s teeth and gums, but their major internal organs, as well. Gum disease occurs when tartar hardens into calculus and spreads under the gum line. The gums become red, swollen and painful, and the tooth and its supporting structures begin to decay. Potential gum disease indicators include:
- Bad breath
- Bright red, inflamed gums
- Loose or fractured teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Excessive drooling
- Swelling around the face/muzzle
- Dropping food from mouth
- Pawing at the face and mouth
- Appetite can remain normal, but pet may have difficulty chewing
If you see any of these symptoms in your pet, call our hospital at (309) 524-5696 to schedule an appointment.